Driving: How electric car drivers can save up to £1,000 this year

Close-up of hand connecting power cord to eco-friendly, zero-emission electric car

Keep an eye out for more Teslas plugged into lampposts in the years to come (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

EV drivers could save up to £1,000 as part of a new plan to ‘realize’ the potential of smart charging.

For many, the switch to electric is hampered by a lack of charging points on streets and near shops.

Chaos reigned across Britain ahead of Christmas as drivers queued for hours in freezing temperatures.

The government’s action plan for smart charging of electric vehicles aims to combat the problem in the coming years.

It will allow motorists to power their home with electricity stored in their car, or even return it to the grid for a profit.

Keep an eye out for more Teslas plugged into lampposts as more charging projects get the green light in the years to come.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Ofgem plan outlines steps to make smart charging the norm in homes and workplaces by 2025.

Around £16m in funding is going towards technology – including a smart street lamppost that can charge electric vehicles.

Energy and Climate Secretary Graham Stuart said: “We want to make it easier for EV drivers to choose smart charging, whether it’s charging in the driveway, at work or when parking on the street.

A front view of an unidentifiable man charging his red electric car at his charging station at home.

A lack of charging points can be a major problem for EV drivers (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“To achieve this, we must quickly build a new network infrastructure using the latest technologies available.”

The government wants to improve public information about smart charging and consumer service standards. Officials will also ensure private charging stations are safe and compatible with the latest energy innovations.

Smarter charging could save an average driver around £200 and a high-mileage motorist up to £1,000 a year, according to BEIS, for example by postponing a peak-time charge until overnight when energy prices are at their lowest.

In early January, an analysis by the RAC revealed that electric car drivers are being charged more to charge their batteries on long journeys than people behind the wheel of petrol cars are paying for fuel.

Edmund King, President of AA, said today: “More incentives are needed to help people switch to electric vehicles, so smart charging with the possibility of ‘cashback’ would be welcome.

“More than 70% of motorists have been so shocked by the rise in electricity prices that they have blocked their view of electric vehicles (EV).

“One in ten say rising electricity costs are the main reason they deter EV switching.”

From 2030, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned in the UK.

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Justin Scacco

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