ELECTRIC vehicle owners could be saving around £360 per year by charging during off-peak hours, with further savings being available.
New data reveals more than a quarter of current electric vehicle drivers charge at peak-hours rather than during the most cost-efficient periods. Over half of all current EV drivers do charge off-peak, but even these drivers could use more efficient charging strategies to ensure electricity can continue getting greener as demand for EVs skyrockets.
Around 28 percent of EV drivers charge their vehicle whenever they get home, rather than waiting for the cheapest time to plug in.
Further data shows that an average EV driver who charges whenever, irrelevant of price, would lose out on savings of £200 on their charging alone.
With rising energy prices, they may spend an extra £160 on energy unnecessarily by not waiting for a cheaper off-peak period to charge their vehicle.
Mat Thomson, co-founder of price comparison website Love my EV, commented on the findings and how drivers could be saving money by changing their habits.
He said: “People need to move away from plugging in their vehicles as soon as they get home from work.
“This change in behaviour is good for the consumer, as lower energy prices during off-peak hours can be passed on.
“An average EV driver now stands to save an estimated £360 a year by simply charging during off-peak hours – and there may be further savings if they delay other household energy use.”
By analysing data from the National Grid between 2019 and 2020, they found that the greenest time to charge was between two and four in the morning, when the grid was on average 30 percent renewable energy.
Currently only 12 percent of EV drivers hold off charging their car until a point in the week when they predict energy prices and carbon would be lowest.
Less than three per cent are making use of automated charging when energy is cheapest or lowest carbon intensity.
They recommend avoiding running out of battery lower than 20 percent and setting it to stop charging at 80 percent unless drivers need it for a longer journey, as the first and last parts of the battery take the longest to charge.
Speaking with This website, Mr Thomson praised the progress that has been made with EVs in the last few years.
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