EDF Energy has launched an energy tariff that will allow electric vehicle owners to recharge their cars for as little as £1.66.
With the renewable ‘GoElectric 35’ tariff, consumers can access electricity for both their home and EV between midnight and 5 am for just 4.5p/kWh. EDF says this is the cheapest off-peak rate on the market.
At this rate, customers driving a standard 40kW Nissan Leaf, the most popular pure electric vehicle in the UK, can fully charge its battery and drive 168 miles for just £1.80, less than the cost of a cup of coffee.
EDF previously offered an EV tariff with off-peak charging for 8p/kWh. The ‘Go Electric 35’ tariff is 44% cheaper.
EDF’s GoElectric 35 tariff isn’t the cheapest ever offered for EV charging. That was Tonik Energy’s Home and Smart EV bundle, which sold overnight electricity for 4.17p/kWh. However, the mid-sized supplier went bust in October, just weeks after launching the EV bundle.
For households which need more than 35 hours of off-peak charging a week, EDF is offering another tariff. ‘GoElectric 98’ offers customers 98 hours of off-peak electricity per week, between 9 pm and 7 am on weekdays and all weekend, at 9p/kWh. EDF says this tariff is ideal for high consumption households and high mileage drivers with vehicles with larger batteries. On this tariff, a Nissan Leaf can be recharged for £3.60.
Drivers can also lease a Skoda CITIGOe iV through EDF for £170 a month. Recharging the 36.8 kWh battery on the Skoda, for 120 miles of driving, will cost £1.66 on the ‘GoElectric 35’ tariff and £3.31 on the ‘GoElectric 98’ tariff.
EDF isn’t the only energy supplier to sell tariffs and services tailored to EV drivers, with cheaper off-peak electricity rates and even free mileage. British Gas, Good Energy, Octopus, OVO and SSE also offer EV tariffs.
The UK has recently committed to banning the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030.