Brits can drive for 1p a mile for first time since 1970s

Electric car motorists are able to travel a mile on a penny’s worth of ‘fuel’ for the first time since the 1970s.

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Cost of driving

That’s according to EDF Energy, which has launched an EV-specific electricity tariff. It claims its GoElectric 35 rate is the lowest in Britain, with an off-peak charging rate of 4.5p per kwh – equivalent to 1.3p per mile for a typical EV.

This, the company says, means it is possible for British drivers to travel for a penny a mile for the first time since 1972. Back then, petrol cost 35p per gallon and the Ford Cortina was the country’s most popular car.

According to EDF, the average motorist estimates it would cost 34p to travel a mile in an EV. And 38 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed weren’t aware it’s cheaper to fully charge an electric car than to fill a petrol or diesel vehicle with fuel. 

Cheaper travel by EV

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Cost of driving

EDF added that, on average, respondents said the average price of recharging stands at £25.80 – £20 more than the true cost using its EV-specific rate.

“As Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity, we’re committed to making it as easy as possible for motorists to make the switch to an EV,” said Philippe Commaret of EDF.

“Our GoElectric 35 tariff offers the cheapest off-peak rate in Britain, providing drivers with the cheapest travel costs seen in decades at just a penny a mile.”  


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