EV fleet drivers could make major savings by changing energy tariffs
Fleet drivers using EVs could save up to £1,250 a year on energy bills by switching to the correct tariff for home vehicle charging.
Vehicle home charger and energy comparison site Rightcharge.co.uk warns that with energy prices rising in the UK from 1 April 2021 – due to an increase in the energy price cap – many households will be paying larger electricity utility bills.
This includes those drivers who charge their company vehicles at home.
But by switching to more generously priced EV-friendly energy tariffs that cover charging for fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, drivers could actually save on household energy costs, according to Rightcharge.
It gives the example of a user switching from a Standard Variable Tariff from one of the big six energy suppliers to a lower-cost alternative EV energy tariff who could realise a total saving of £1,250 a year.
Charlie Cook, founder of Rightcharge, added: “If all the current 1.04 million business contract hire drivers switched to electric cars and an EV-friendly energy tariff on the same mileage parameters, the potential saving is more than £1bn on vehicle charging alone, plus a further £265m on home energy costs.”
The firm’s advice is for drivers to compare EV-friendly energy tariffs by taking their car into account as well as their home.
Cook added: “We want to help drivers minimise their EV costs – and we suspect many just don’t realise what they can save. Our price comparison website points them in the right direction.”