Britons already pay more to charge electric cars than to fill up with gasoline

The new tariffs make it more expensive to recharge electric cars compared to traditional fuels.

According to a new analysis by the British Automobile Association (AA), new increased charges at electric vehicle charging points may result in drivers paying more to charge their electric cars than they would for refueling with a gasoline engine.

The British newspaper The Telegraph reports that several analyses by automobile organizations have shown that the cost of recharging electric vehicles has skyrocketed in recent months. It continues by adding that, this is due in large part to the increase in energy prices caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has been already in place for one year now.

Against this background, the research points out that fast-charging points used by motorists to recharge on long journeys are now almost £10 (about $12) more expensive than refueling a car with gasoline, the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) revealed last week. The club also revealed that the cost of fast charging an electric vehicle has risen by 50% in just eight months.

The Telegraph reported the words of Jack Cousens, head of road and recharging policy at the AA, who despite this data, was hopeful of a possible drop in future prices:

While pump prices are falling, electricity prices are going in the other direction, but we are hopeful prices could tail off later this year.

This extra cost to the consumer does not, for the moment, slow down the plans of the British government, which wants to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030 as part of its campaign to achieve net zero carbon emissions. On the other hand, according to the RAC, it is likely that up to one in three households will not be able to charge an electric vehicle at home, which means that a large number of drivers will have to rely on the use of public chargers outside the home.