Dear energy, how much does it affect the purchase and use of an electric car –

by Emiliano Ragoni

The increase in energy has made the electric car cheaper. However, despite the rise in electricity, the electric car still remains competitive against the thermal car

The current context for consumers is very difficult, since the delicate geo-political situation due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has caused an increase in inflation in the Europe area, which has affected almost all consumer goods but, above all, the cost of gas and energy. The Italian government has patched the rise in gasoline by moderating prices through the cut in excise duties. However, the same has not been done for gas and electricity, which have seen dramatic increases. In particular, electricity has touched the owners ofbattery-powered carwho had chosen it precisely because of the savings compared to a thermal car.

What to do to protect yourself from increases

As for the electric car, in recent months the tariffs of Enel X, to which more or less all are aligned, went from 0.45 to 0.58 euros / kWh (AC, i.e. alternating current, up to 22 kW of power) and from 0.50 to 0.68 for DC ( direct current) up to 100 kW; so € 0.75 for DC up to 150 kW and € 0.79 / kWh for ultra fast with power over 150 kW. The latter is the cost of the ultra fast that belong to the

rete Ionity.

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He is at home?

Recharge the electric car at home, especially in the evening, and with low power, represents the ideal context. In this case, making a projection of how much you spend is not easy because, of course, it depends on the rates applied by the operator. Generally the current rates vary from 0.40 to 0.45 euros per kWhfor recharges with a power of up to 11 kW, rising to € 0.50-0.60 per kWh for powers of 22 kW. If you intend to recharge your electric car at home, it would be advisable to request the usual increase in power as otherwise it is very easy to exceed the limit with the consequent jump of the automatic switch. Clearly it is also good to consider the type of electric car and the consequent size of the battery. In the case of an EV with a small accumulator, or in the presence of a plug-in hybrid, a standard home system may be sufficient. However, the advice is always to be done install a wall box with which to carry out recharging operations in a simpler and safer way.

At home or at the columns?

It should be noted that most of the cost of refueling the electric car is not directly related to the price of electricity but depreciation of the plant, especially in the case of ultrafast stations. The cost of low-power alternating current electric refueling increased proportionally much more than in the case of fast or ultrafast recharges, since, in the latter case, the full price determined essentially by the depreciation cost of the plant while the energy component has a low weight. In the case of low-power stations, the ratio is reversed, therefore the effect of the increase in kWh is much more sensitive on low-power stations.

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Increases also for Tesla

Also there Tesla is adjusting to the recent bullish trend that has involved the electricity market. The American company, through an email sent to European customers, has in fact announced an increase in refueling at its Superchargers, the proprietary columns accessible exclusively to Tesla owners, with rates that go from 0.49 to 0.66. euro per kWh.

September 23, 2022 (change September 25, 2022 | 09:42)

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