Electric car owners can save £3,000 more a year compared to petrol cars

The RAC recently updated its Charge Watch data which showed that the average price of using a public electric car rapid charge point had risen to 63p per kWh. This represents a 42 percent increase since May for public charging, causing alarm to many EV drivers who cannot charge at home.

However, Ed Carpenter, head of EV at Vanarama, highlighted how not all EV drivers would suffer from the expensive costs.

He pointed out that drivers could still save thousands of pounds a year in other ways.

He said: “It’s worth noting that many EV drivers predominantly charge from home so the above will impact some EV drivers, but not all. 

“By comparison, those drivers who charge mostly from home will see a small rise in electricity costs from 28p to 34p per kWh as part of the Government’s October energy price cap.

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This charges any non-zero emission vehicle from entering the zone, which is said to be a world first scheme.

City and Guilds, a leading skills organisation, said it would support the UK meet EV targets by partnering with brands like Shell, to ensure the products truly meet the needs of industry. 

The courses include skills to instal domestic and small-scale commercial EV chargers, as well as commercial and large-scale design and installations.

Roger Hunter, VP of E-mobility at Shell, said: “By 2030, we aim for 90 percent of UK drivers to be within 10 minutes of a Shell fast charger. 

“Installing and maintaining these will involve thousands of hours of highly skilled work, requiring electrical engineers that the UK doesn’t have in vast numbers today. 

“So, this is a great opportunity for us to combine our skills to train up the net-zero generation of the future.”

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