EV drivers who use smart charging could run their car for £11 a month

Smart charging your electric vehicle (EV) means the average British driver could run their car for £11 a month, according to EV smart charger provider Ohme.

With petrol and diesel pump prices already 27 per cent higher than the start of the year, there has never been a better time for drivers to save on their motoring costs by switching to an electric vehicle. But while drivers can save money simply by switching from petrol or diesel to an EV, even larger savings can be had by then smart charging that EV using one of the many off peak tariffs on offer from energy providers.

“Ohme’s smart chargers can connect with the national grid in real time and automatically adjust their charging for drivers to take advantage of all the times of low price charging with smart electricity tariffs,” said Ohme CEO David Watson. “The result is that EV drivers can potentially run their car for less than £130 a year by smart charging their EV with an Ohme charger. For some petrol or diesel cars that could be what some drivers are paying for a single tank of fuel, but here it’s for a full year of EV driving.”

Off peak electricity tariffs enable drivers to charge their EVs for a certain amount of hours each day, often overnight, at a much lower cost than their standard rate of electricity. Rates can be as low as 7.5 pence per kWh with the Octopus Intelligent tariff compared to the Ofgem energy price cap of 28 pence per kWh.

At 7.5 pence per kWh, it means that a typical UK driver’s annual mileage of 6,800 miles in an average EV could cost just £127.50 – less than £11 per month.

The advantage of Ohme’s Home Pro is that it can adjust your charging times according to your tariff without needing to be pre-set for certain hours. With energy suppliers moving towards more flexible tariffs for EV drivers, this functionality of Ohme’s Home Pro will become increasingly valuable to those driving an electric vehicle. Ohme also offers drivers the option to charge their car when renewable energy generation on the National Grid is at its highest, further lowering their CO2 impact.

Ohme is the official charger provider for customers on the Motability scheme and also for OVO Energy, the largest UK fleet operator in the UK.

Images courtesy of Ohme.

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