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Saving you money - tips for EV charging

16 / 01 / 2024  |  Driver Guides


Electric vehicles (EVs) are not only environmentally friendly but can also be more cost effective than their petrol or diesel-powered counterparts. However, maximising your cost savings requires smart charging habits. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to save money when charging your EV at home and on the go.


Charging your EV at home is typically the most cost-effective option. Here are a few tips to maximise your savings.

Install a level 2 charger

Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt outlet and can charge your EV up to six times faster than a standard 120-volt outlet. Though the upfront cost may be higher, the faster charging speed can save you money in the long run by reducing your overall charging time.

Use a time-of-use (TOU) electricity plan

Some utility companies offer TOU plans that charge lower rates during off-peak hours. By charging your EV during these times, you can take advantage of lower electricity rates and save on your energy bill.

Optimise your charging schedule

To minimise the impact on your electric bill, set your EV to charge during off-peak hours or when electricity rates are lowest.

Kia EV6 charging in front of chargepoints

While public charging stations can be more expensive than charging at home, there are ways to minimise your costs:

Free charging stations
Some businesses, shopping centres, or public facilities offer free charging as a perk for customers. Use apps like PlugShare or ChargePoint to find these stations in your area.

Choose the right charging speed
Fast charging can be more expensive than slower charging options. If you’re not in a hurry, opt for a Level 2 charger instead of a fast charger to save money.

Charging network memberships
Some charging networks offer subscription plans or discounted rates for members. Look at the available networks in your area and consider signing up if it’s cost effective based on your charging habits.


Planning your trips and charging stops can help you save money on charging. By following these tips, you can maximise your savings and make electric vehicle driving even more economical!

Use your EV’s built-in navigation system

Or apps like A Better Routeplanner to plan your trips, taking into account charging stations and their costs.

Consider charging at your destination

If you’re staying at a hotel or visiting a friend’s house, ask about charging options. Charging overnight at your destination may be more affordable than using a public charging station.

Ready to plug in and save?

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Happy charging!