Electric car owners are speaking up about the price of charging points in Dorset compared to the rest of the UK.
Former Poole leader Brian Clements says that he was shocked to discover how expensive the charging points were after he bought an electric car himself.
He has claimed that 10 units from a Dorset ChargeNet point would cost £1.20, compared to 12.5p from his home supply.
Clements told Bournemouth Echo: “Having recently bought a second hand electric car, I have been delighted with its economy and efficiency but I was shocked when I saw what I would be expected to pay to use council-provided fast chargers in Poole and other parts of Dorset. It is no wonder that the charge points are usually empty. Their prices are way over the top and I suspect most electric vehicle (EV) drivers will stay away from their facility in favour of places that offer a better deal.”
“I have had my car since April and managed without ever using one of these Dorset charging points. On the other hand, I recently went to Bath and back. I was able to get a fast charge on each leg of the journey by paying just a regular 40p parking charge on the way up and free (after 6pm) on the way back.”
The number of UK citizens owning electric cars is fast on the rise with 125,000 plug-in cars in the UK [taken from a Zap Map statistic in November 2017]. One of the promises retailers make to electric-car-buyers is the low cost for maintenance and charging.
Bournemouth have the highest number of charging points in Dorset, owning six compared to Poole’s five points and Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport, Wimborne and Christchurch having just one each.
James McKemey, Head of the Insights team at Pod Point explains that rapid chargers (the ones you would find on the roads) are 30x more expensive to run than home or workplace chargers.
“Charging £4 if you’re there for a long time is a reasonable amount. You would only hit a rapid charger when you need to so it doesn’t actually amount to most of the cost.” He says that around 30% of charging will happen at workplaces and actually most charging will happen at gyms, home and businesses where a car would be sat for a while.