Southerners Pay More To Charge Their EVs

Thu 3rd Feb 2022

The price of beer is not the only thing which rises astronomically when you visit the south of England, new research has revealed that there is a major disparity between what drivers pay on council-owned EV chargers.

A Freedom of Information request to 400 local authorities across England Wales found that those chargers in the south of England, in areas such as East Anglia, London, the southeast and the southwest, are on average 28 per cent more expensive than those in the north.

That huge disparity is best underlined by the lowest average cost, which is in the West Midlands where drivers can charge for 20p per kWh, compared to the southwest where the average is 63p per kWh.

Quite why it is deemed acceptable for local authorities to charge more for the same watt of electricity is not quite understood, it is not even a supply and demand problem, as there are 1,468 more council owned charging points in the south of the country. Many councils also make charging points available free of charge.

"These figures demonstrate the need for all UK councils to play their part in supporting the transition to electric vehicles,” said Lucy Simpson, head of EV Enablement at British Gas. “Currently, we have 21 progressive councils that have decided to support local EV adoption, so we would expect a greater uptake of EVs to come through in these areas than in councils where it is expensive to charge. If charging doesn’t become more accessible in these areas, we could see a slower rate of adoption.

"While the government does offer certain financial incentives at the point of purchase, charging costs are still a barrier to electric-vehicle adoption. With 29% of drivers citing expensive public charging as one of the main reasons holding them back, it’s unfair that those who don’t live in areas with either free or low-cost charging are being discriminated against based on their address. If this continues, we risk leaving a huge number of drivers behind in the transition to electric cars."