Are you plugged in? The journey to 2040..
July 26th saw more dramatic headlines in terms of the broader UK energy industry, with the formal announcement of the Government’s clean air strategy. The ambition of the plan cannot be doubted and neither can be the impact of pollution on people’s lives – something that in a developed nation in 2017 seems a surprising discussion to be having.
What seemed to be a relative slow move to an Electric Vehicle (EV) focused nation now has an injection of impetus. This will force a much more in-depth public discussion on the topic of how and why an EV move is important.
Whilst still a relative rarity in 2017 its fair to say that more and more people are giving strong consideration to their next car to be full EV or hybrid. Often cited in this decision making process is “range anxiety”, i.e. how and where can your car be “fueled” when you are away from home. This fear is perfectly understandable: most modern cars can easily expect to have a range of at least 300 miles from a full tank of fuel. However, the counterpoint is that the typical average daily mileage of car users today is way less than 300 miles. In fact the average for UK registered cars is 7500 miles annually, so if you drove the same amount each day that’s 21 miles – well within the capabilities of all the full EV’s available to buy in the UK today.
Whist this blog post is not meant to pick sides, be evangelical or dismiss views, what I want to do is create an environment where we all take a deep breathe, park our misconceptions and learn. It’s quite possible that my young children may never drive a petrol or diesel car: that feels huge to me.
only 13,000 charge points exist in public locations, most EV owners will be charging their vehicle at home, this could double their home electricity usage.
So, why would a blog on a website focused on providing access to competitive energy tariffs care about a future full of electric vehicles? First off, great question!
Here’s why. On UK roads there are already around 105,000 registered “plug-in” cars and 4500 vans. Conversely only around 13,000 charge points exist in public locations. This means that in the main, existing EV owners are likely to be charging their vehicles at home. Therefore the price they pay for charging is the same as for using energy in their home.
Research shows that by following this route, customers could be consuming double the amount of electricity of the average UK home. This means a total of around 9000KWh. To ensure this tariff is reasonable I suggest undertaking a quick comparison here: Compare Electric vehicle Tariffs
Electric Vehicle Tariffs
You should give particular attention to the Economy 7 tariffs available, as these will allow you to benefit from a lower night rate – the period that you are likely to be recharging your car or van. Accessing this tariff is determined by the type of meter your home has, so if you don’t currently have an Economy 7 meter, you can ask your supplier to install a Smart meter and move to that tariff.
As we begin this journey towards 2040 and the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars you can guarantee that things are going to be interesting. However, what is clear right now is that you can be proactive and ensure you’re on the best tariff for you and that very soon suppliers will start offering specific EV tariffs. When that does happen, you’ll find them all here at Switching Energy