Petrol drivers pay less to travel than electric car owners as costs soar

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Drivers are paying more to run electric cars than traditional petrol models, according to new research.

A study from has revealed a petrol Volkswagen Golf would cost £190 less to run than an electric car in a blow to the Government’s EV plans.

The findings show drivers would pay £1,023 to top up over a VW Golf over 12 months if fuel costs stayed at £1.47 per litre.

However, this would be less than the £1,213 motorists would pay to top up a fully-electric Vokkawgane ID.3 at public charging bays all year round.

The report highlights that drivers without home charging stations would pay around £1,037 each year to run their vehicles.

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Ginny Buckley, founder and CEO of described the discovery as “unacceptable” with just seven years to go before the sale of fully combustible cars is banned.

She said: “With little over six years to go until 2030, it’s unacceptable that in some cases it’s cheaper to fill up a petrol car than it is to charge an electric car, and those without off-street parking – around one-third of drivers nationally – are the ones who are paying the price for this.

“With an estimated 80 percent of electric car charging taking place at home, we can clearly see that this discrepancy is proving to be yet another barrier to electric car ownership.”

Public electric charging bays cost considerably more than topping up at home due to different tax rules.

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Motorists will pay 20 percent VAT at a public charging bay compared to just five percent at home.

It means those without access to off-street parking in major cities could be disproportionately affected.

The number of free public chargers across the UK is also diminishing as the number of incentives for EV users continues to fall.

Last year, the UK had a staggering 5,430 free charging bays compared to just 3,568 available today.

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The findings corroborate recent analysis by the RAC which also found electric cars to be more expensive than petrol.

Earlier this year, the motoring body found public charge points can be up to £10 more expensive than filling up with petrol.

Topping up 484 miles would cost £92.69 compared to just £83.03 to fill a 55-litre car to travel the same distance.

But, the price difference can rise to a staggering £15,51 if motorists use a rapid charge point to continue their journey quicker.

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