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What does it cost to charge an electric car?

Are you considering purchasing an electric car? If so, it is a good idea to take a look at all the cost items. It is often thought that electric cars are more expensive to drive than gasoline cars. In practice, however, this is not so bad. The purchase of an electric car is often more expensive, but the monthly costs are actually lower. With an electric car, of course, you don't have gasoline costs, but energy costs. But what does charging an electric car actually cost? At we figured it out for you.

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Costs of charging an electric car

Charging of electric car

Whereas the price of gasoline is determined in part by the price of oil and excise taxes, this is obviously not the case with electricity. The cost of charging an electric car depends mainly on the method of charging. You can charge your electric car in three ways: via a quick charger, a public charging station or a charging station at your home. We briefly explain the difference in costs.

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Fast charging how much does that actually cost?

You probably want to recharge the car as soon as possible. Especially if you drive it a lot. However, fast charging is not only the fastest but also the most expensive charging method. The costs are often between €0.25 and €0.79 per kWh, depending on the provider. With some providers you can also take out a subscription. With a subscription you pay a fixed amount per month, so you pay less per kWh. Most fast chargers will charge your car battery from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 40 minutes. Fast chargers are usually located along motorways.

What is the cost of charging at home?

Costs are lowest when charging the electric car at home. With a public charging point, the use and maintenance of the charging station are also included in the price per kWh. With home charging, you only pay the electricity rate per kWh that is in your energy contract. You then pay the kilowatt-hour price directly to your own energy supplier. In 2021, the price is about €0.23. With a home charging station, you do, of course, face installation costs. The cost of installing a charging station depends on several factors, such as the purchase price of the pole, the type of connection and the distance between the meter box and the charging station. The average cost for installing a charging station is about €2000. This is obviously a hefty investment, but it certainly pays for itself because you pay a lot less per kWh.

Public charging station cheaper?

At a public charge point you pay more per kWh. This also varies per provider. Currently, prices are between €0.20 and €0.60 per kWh. The reason why you pay more for a public charge post than for a home charge post is that the provider must also cover the costs of installation and maintenance. They also want to make some profit. Previously, there was often considerable confusion about the price per kWh at a public charge post. However, since 1 July 2021, there is new legislation which stipulates that providers must provide clear information on tariffs. It must be immediately clear at the charging station what the tariff is. Moreover, this information is also shared with price comparison apps and navigation apps. So you know in advance what the charge rate is, whether the charge point is free and how fast you can charge.

What does it cost to charge an electric car with solar panels?

Do you have solar panels on your home? Then you can use the generated energy to charge your electric car. This works as follows: in the summer months, you naturally generate more power than in the winter months. You can therefore sell excess power back to the energy company. At the end of the year, the returned power is deducted from your power consumption. You then only pay for the number of kWh that remain. This is called the balancing arrangement. Your electric car is of course charged with power from the grid, but because you generate more than you use, you can feed this back and the two amounts are cancelled out.

Please note: from 2023 onwards, the net metering regulation will be slowly phased out. This means that every year you will receive less for the surplus power that you generate and deliver back to the energy company.

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