The Daily Telegraph

PM eases cost of electric cars charge

- By Hannah Boland

ELECTRIC car owners will save up to a third on charging their cars thanks to Liz Truss’s energy support pledge.

The cost of charging will be held back under the Prime Minister’s plan to cap the cost of electricit­y units, saving drivers around a third compared to what had been expected from next month.

New figures compiled by the RAC suggested that drivers will be spending an average of £22.22 to fully charge an electric car the size of the Kia e-niro from the start of next month.

That was expected to rise to around £34 when the new energy price cap was due to come in on Oct 1.

However, Ms Truss’s new “energy price guarantee” is expected to hold back the increase, according to the RAC, meaning electric car owners will be spending just £4 more than they are now.

Under the measure, announced last week, suppliers are limited in how much they can charge customers for units of electricit­y and gas, capping costs at £2,500 a year for an average household for the next two years.

It comes as the UK tries to turbocharg­e electric car use, having outlined plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.

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