Is charging an electric car more expensive than filling up with diesel?


The tariff shield established by the government to maintain purchasing power is maintained for 2023, but should disappear in 2024. Foto Citroën

The company’s fleets need to be greener. To ensure the energy transition, companies electrify their fleet as much as possible. Long-distance travel, for the most part, remains the prerogative of diesel engines.

But for daily commuting and city deliveries or repairs, electrification is the preferred solution, especially as the mobility guidance law sets quotas for electrified vehicles. Since the war in Ukraine and the problems of energy transport, the rise in the price of electricity risks shuffling the cards.

Limit the rise in energy prices

The Government took some decisions to contain the increase. Thus, companies that consume large amounts of energy (gas and electricity) can get help when the expense reaches 3% of turnover in 2021, combined with the doubling of the unit cost of energy purchase.

For the rest, a tariff shield was introduced: + 4% for 2022 and a maximum increase of 15% for 2023 for all residential and non-residential customers. Without intervention, the increase would have doubled prices excluding taxes.

It is better to recharge within the company than to recharge at public terminals, except in an emergency.  VAG image

It is better to recharge within the company than to recharge at public terminals, except in an emergency. VAG image

Regulated tariff or not

The price of electricity is rising in the wholesale market, where alternative suppliers are provided. In 2021, the MWh (megawatt-hour) was trading at around €85; today it reaches €1,000. Despite the tariff shield, the user of an electric vehicle will suffer the consequences from the moment they recharge while roaming.

Thus, Allego, which had already raised its prices in September, published a press release specifying the new increase from October 7; €0.6 per kWh for 22 kW terminals instead of €0.50, €0.88 for direct current fast terminals instead of €0.69 and almost a euro above 50 kW.

If your vehicle consumes 18 kWh/100 km (that is, an average SUV), the 100 km will cost almost € 18. You still have to compare with the price of diesel and the range of a car that consumes on average 6 l/100 km.

Know how to count!

To minimize the cost of travel as much as possible, you can choose to subscribe to a card such as Ionity, Tesla, Izivia, etc. the base rate.

The fact is that company recharge is certainly the right solution (night recharge during off-peak hours) and that it will cost less.

For the record, without the tariff shield, the increase could have reached 120% while in France, the kWh should only pass from 0.174 to 0.2 euro cents, which leaves a full 50 kW at around €10 or 50 kW at €7.35 with VAT. today off peak hours.

Charging at public terminals can hide painful surprises.  The charge price is not subject to regulated energy tariffs.  photo zephyr

Charging at public terminals can hide painful surprises. The charge price is not subject to regulated energy tariffs. photo zephyr

Keep an eye on your refills

The price of electricity is rising in the wholesale market, where alternative suppliers are provided. In 2021, the MWh (megawatt-hour) was trading at around €85; today it reaches €1,000.

Despite the tariff shield, the user of an electric vehicle will suffer the consequences from the moment they recharge while roaming.

Thus, Allego, which had already raised its prices in September, published a press release specifying the new increase from October 7; €0.6 per kWh for 22 kW terminals instead of €0.50, €0.88 for direct current fast terminals instead of €0.69 and almost a euro above 50 kW.

If your vehicle consumes 18 kWh/100 km (that is, an average SUV), the 100 km will cost almost € 18. You still have to compare with the price of diesel and the range of a car that consumes on average 6 l/100 km.

Know how to count!

To minimize the cost of travel as much as possible, you can choose to subscribe to a card such as Ionity, Tesla, Izivia, etc. the base rate.

The fact is that company recharge is certainly the right solution (night recharge during off-peak hours) and that it will cost less.

For the record, without the tariff shield, the increase could have reached 120% while in France, the kWh should only pass from 0.174 to 0.2 euro cents, which leaves a full 50 kW at around €10 or 50 kW at €7.35 with VAT. today off peak hours.

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