On Thursday Ecotricity announced they are finally applying a charge to use their rapid chargers across the UK motorway network as well as all IKEA Uk stores. It's worth mentioning that they have a complete monopoly on fast chargers at motorway service stations, meaning you have no choice but to use them if you are making a long distance trip.
I need to emphasise it's not the fact that they have gone from offering free charging to paid for, more specifically its the cost.
From next week to charge your car on their network will cost £5 in return you will get 20 mins of charge, regardless of charging speed. Ecotricity state that if you switch to their home electricity provider they will offer you access to charging for free, however because their niche is clean energy they are not competitive. Some have calculated that they could be paying up to £800 more per year on their home electricity bill.
Of course this announcement has caused me to consider canceling my order, as I simply could not afford to pay more for Electricity than I do for Petrol. Are other UK Tesla customers concerned? What do our friends over the pond think about this pricing structure? Are companies in USA or parts of Europe equally as costly? I'd imagine not if running an EV is indeed more costly than running a petrol car.
To share my maths with you, I would presume that considering the range of EV's out there, your £5 could get you between 15/50 miles of range within that half hour rapid charge. Considering my current Petrol Car will give me around 450 miles on a full tank costing £40/50, I'm not wrong in describing this new offering from Ecotricity as unfair.