Which is cheaper cost of Rapid charging or Petrol?

Different providers charge very different prices for Electricity, most are significantly cheaper than Petrol. However that’s only a small part of the story… See the video below for the figures. However the cost of petrol and diesel has increase significantly since EVM produced it.

Note that for most drivers Rapid charging will constitute a very small percentage of their driving, generally just the en-route part of a longer journey. Most charging can be actually be expected to be at Home or locally at lower prices, sometimes even FREE.

Unlike Petrol and Diesel there is a vast selection of Electric chargers:

  • Home
  • Street
  • Car park
  • Supermarket
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurant
  • Electric forecourt
  • Visitor attraction
  • Hotel
  • And even Petrol stations!

Fast charging is charged at a lower rate than Rapid charging.

Comparing charging rates

While rapid AC chargers supply power at 43kW, rapid DC chargers work at 50kW or more. In comparison to fast charging, a 50kW DC charger will charge a 40kWh Nissan Leaf from flat to 80% in 30 minutes.

Then there are ultra-rapid DC chargers, which typically supply power at 150kW or more (some units are capable of speeds up to 350kW). However, there are currently less than 1,000 ultra-rapid chargers in the UK, and 350kW units currently only feature in the Fastned and IONITY charging networks.

What is fast charging? What is rapid charging? What is ultra-rapid charging? – Driving Electric – May 2021

EVM comparing cost of Rapid charging against Petrol


Some networks offer discounts for members, some of these require a monthly subscription which must be taken into account.


Interestingly a number of comments to the Video are about quitting BP Pulse.


There is concern that the faster the charging the greater the Battery degradation.

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