Amsterdam, December first, 2022 – Of course, the total costs of owning an electric car depend on several factors; like for example the brand of the car, or your way of driving. Because of this, it is difficult to determine the exact cost of driving an electric car. In this article you can read all about the average costs, as well as all the benefits we can tell you.
What does charging cost, on average?
Regular- or fast-charging:
To start, there are several different prices for the different types of charging. You can charge your electric car at a regular charging station, but also at a fast-charging station. Regular charging at a charging station of a lesser known provider within The Netherlands costs between 30 and 35 eurocent per kWh; this fluctuates heavily due to the present price influxes. Charging at a charging station of a bigger provider on the market like for example Shell and communal charging stations, who mostly take the same approach when it comes to tariffs, costs between 35 and 40 eurocent per kWh on average.
These prices are a little higher when it comes to fast-charging; you will find these type of stations often at petrol stations on the side of busy highways; where, as well as fossil fuels, electricity is more expensive. Charging here costs between 65 and 70 eurocent on average, whereas a little further away from the busy roads it will cost roughly 50 eurocent per kWh. Even so, fast-charging is a wonderful option, especially when you go on a holiday outside of The Netherlands’ borders. Within 20 minutes you can charge your car’s battery enough to drive up to 400 kilometers. You’ll have time for a cuppa, and you’ll be back on the road before you know it!
On top of the aforementioned costs per kWh, you’ll also occasionally be charged roaming fees. At this time, these are usually raised, and often differentiate from provider to provider. However, what’s good to know is that E-Flux only charges these roaming fees when you charge at a charging station not connected to the E-Flux network. On top of that, E-Flux is – despite an influx from 2 to 3 eurocent per kWh as of the 1st of October – still the cheapest option. In other words, E-Flux always gives 3 eurocent discount per kWh, as long as you charge at one of our connected charging stations.
Subscription- or not?
Whether going for a subscription is beneficial for you mostly depends on how often you charge your car. If this is more than ten times a month; then a subscription is cheaper than a Pay-As-You-Charge charge-pass. The difference between these two is the start-rate. E-Flux invoices 29 eurocent start tariff per charging session with a Pay-As-You-Charge charging card; whereas you can charge freely with an Orange subscription. (Be aware of charging stations not connected to the E-Flux network; these providers usually do charge a tariff to start a charging session)
What do you pay for exactly?
This is how these costs are calculated:
First, you pay the electricity prices; currently, a higher tax percentage is calculated over these costs. Some providers add a certain tariff per hour to these costs. Lastly, the aforementioned roaming costs are added to the total (when you charge at charging stations not connected to our network)
How do these prices compare to those of fossil fueled cars?
Currently, electricity is free of excise percentages, and until December 2022, you only pay 9% taxes over the prices. This kind of stimulus will only increase in the future, because the government wants to encourage us to make the switch to EV driving. For example, you also don’t pay purchase tax over electric vehicles, and you also pay less additional taxes; EV driving will only become more beneficial.
Does the currently energy-discussion influence the prices?
Yes, but unfortunately, everything is getting more expensive these days. For example, this past year, the fossil fuel prices were higher than ever before. The percentages of price increase are about the same, but fossil fuel prices are still higher.
The past five years, there have been major developments when it comes to EV driving. The more people make the switch; the quicker the quantity rises, and the faster we can improve the infrastructure. This means the prices will drop quicker as well.
In what way does E-Flux differ from other providers?
Because of the earlier mentioned energy-crisis, providers usually increase their roaming costs. E-Flux also does this, but not as much as other providers.
E-Flux is also extra appealing because you can change your subscription whenever you want. For example, you can start an Orange subscription, but also stop it and go back to Pay-As-You-Charge. If you’re due to go on a long holiday, and you know you’ll have to charge way less than you normally would; it’s convenient to be able to change this.
Setting variable tariffs as a charging station manager
The best thing about managing your charging stations with E-Flux software is being able to set variable tariffs. A lot of providers do not offer this possibility. For example, this means that with other providers, you always pay a set tariff of 35 eurocents. In some cases they even claim a percentage of these costs. We allow our charging station managers the possibility to set their own tariffs, and imburse the precise costs to them.
We have a great range of offers: within those offers, prices can differ significantly.
* Prices as mentioned in the article above are topical at the moment of publication (01-12-2022). These prices are prone to fluctuate, and it’s possible that they are not correct anymore on a different date. Because of this, make sure to check the current prices at the moment of your charging session!