Recharging your electric car can cost more than a full tank of gas

Allego has just announced an increase in charging prices at its terminals from 7 October. And the least we can say is that it is important. This is happening at the same time as the government’s announcement to raise the price of electricity by 15% for private households. Is it still economically attractive to drive an electric car?

For a few months, everything has increased. The price of fuel of course, but not only. Indeed, electricity also tends to increase, while MWh reaches 1,000 euros in France on the wholesale market against only 85 euros in 2021. A significant increase, which of course indirectly affects households, and this despite the implementation of “tariff- the shield” of the government. The users of electric cars, for their part, also have to deal with this increase.

A price multiplied by two

Nevertheless, and despite some noise from the corridors, it will not cost more to charge the battery in your vehicle than to charge a thermal model. Well, that could soon change.

Businesses are actually also victims of the increase in the price of electricity, and they therefore have to adapt in order not to lose too much money. This will lead to an increase in the price of charging at terminals. This will especially be the case with Allego, as the company rightly clarifies in a press release. From from next October 7, it will then raise its ratesand it can be very bad for users.

From next month it will actually take no less than 60 centimes per kWh on 22 kW terminals in alternating current, against 50 øre until now. Users of 50 kW DC fast charging stations must pay no less than 88 cents per kWh, instead of 69 øre until now. Finally, the price per kWh drops from 79 to 98 øre for terminals over 50 kW. This corresponds to an increase of up to 20%, which should not be easy for customers to digest.

Allego had already raised its prices on 1 September. Previously, the kWh on fast terminals was billed at 55 cents, that is, a rate that almost doubled in a few weeks! If we take the example of the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion, which consumes 18 kWh on the highway to travel 100 km, it gives us a price of 17.6 euros, far better than thermal cars. The price of petrol must be higher than 2.5 euros per litre. liters to achieve a corresponding price.

Increasingly common increases

In its press release, the company justifies itself by saying that “due to the continued increase in electricity prices across Europe we are forced to change our charging rates more often“. And unfortunately, customers have little choice but to adapt. In fact, all operators are in the same basket, and no one escapes the sky-high prices.

All right

Last March, Tesla also raised the prices of its Superchargers, with a kWh, which goes from 40 to 46 cents. An increase that followed an increase in 2021, which then increased the kWh from 0.37 to 0.40 øre. From now on, driving 100 km on the motorway in an electric car costs between 8 and 20 euros depending on the cars and charging operators, as prices vary between 0.46 and 0.98 euros per kWh.

Recharging on the motorway can therefore be more expensive than a full tank of fuel when you take into account the latest discount at the pump. But owners of electric cars can take out a subscription so they can take advantage of favorable prices and above all recharge at home, where the price is sometimes up to five times cheaper.

15% increase for individuals

If the price of electricity therefore rises everywhere in Europe, the increase should remain relatively limited in France. As confirmed by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne during a press conference that took place yesterday, electricity, but also gas will increase by 15% from February 2023. An increase certainly high, but which should have been around 120% without the tariff shield put in place by the government. KWh should then drop from 0.1740 to 0.2 cents, although this has yet to be officially confirmed in detail. Note that government aid will not be reflected in 2024 rates.

If we take the example of the Telsa Model 3 Propulsion and its WLTP combined consumption of 14.9 kWh/100 km, this gives us a price of 3 euros over 100 km, much more affordable than thermal. But for public charging stations, which are not subject to regulated energy tariffs, the question arises of establishing a system corresponding to the discount at the pump. The latter, however, will be planed from November with only a 10 øre discount.

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