Allego has just announced an increase in charging prices on its terminals from October 7th. And the least we can say is that it is important. This comes at the same time as the government’s announcement to increase the price of electricity by 15% for individuals. Is driving an electric car still financially attractive?
For a few months, everything has increased. the fuel price of course, but not only. Indeed, electricity also tends to flare up, while the MWh reaches 1,000 euros in France on the wholesale market compared to only 85 euros in 2021. A considerable increase, which of course indirectly affects households, despite the implementation of the “tariff shield” by the government. For their part, users of electric cars will also have to deal with this increase.
A price multiplied by two
Nevertheless, and despite some corridor noises, filling the battery of your vehicle won’t cost more than filling up of a thermal model. Well, that could quickly change.
Indeed, companies are also victims of the rise in the price of electricity and they must therefore adapt in order not to lose too much money. This will involve an increase in the price of charging at terminals. This will notably be the case at Allego, as the company rightly points out in a communicated. From from next October 7, it will then increase its ratesand it could be very bad for users.
Indeed, from next month, it will take no less than 60 centimes per kWh on 22 kW terminals in alternating current, against 50 cents until now. Users of 50 kW direct current fast charging stations will have to pay no less than 88 cents per kWh, instead of 69 cents until now. Finally, the price per kWh will drop from 79 to 98 cents for terminals exceeding 50 kW. This equates to an increase of up to 20%, which should not be easy for customers to digest.
Allego had already increased its prices on September 1. Previously, the kWh on fast terminals was billed at 55 cents, i.e. a rate almost doubled in a few weeks! If we take the example of the Tesla Model 3 Drive which consumes 18 kWh on the highway to travel 100 km, this gives us a cost of 17.6 euros, far superior to thermal cars. The price of gasoline would have to be higher than 2.5 euros per liter to obtain an equivalent cost.
Increasingly common increases
In its press release, the company justifies itself by explaining that “due to the continued rise in electricity prices across Europe we are forced to change our charging rates more often“. And unfortunately, customers won’t really have much choice but to adapt. Indeed, all operators are in the same basket and no one escapes soaring prices.
Last March, Tesla also increased the prices of its Superchargers, with a kWh going from 40 to 46 cents. An increase that followed an increase in 2021, which then reduced the kWh from 0.37 to 0.40 cents. From now on, traveling 100 km on the highway in an electric car costs between 8 and 20 euros depending on the cars and charging operators, since the prices vary between 0.46 and 0.98 euro per kWh.
Recharging on the motorway can therefore be more expensive than a full tank of fuel, taking into account the recent discount at the pump. But owners of electric cars can take out subscriptions allowing them to take advantage of preferential rates and above all recharge at home, where the price is sometimes up to five times cheaper.
15% increase for individuals
If the price of electricity therefore rises everywhere in Europe, the rise should remain relatively contained in France. Indeed, as confirmed by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne during a press conference which took place yesterday, electricity, but also gas will increase by 15% from February 2023. An increase certainly high, but which should have been around 120% without the tariff shield put in place by the government. The kWh should then drop from 0.1740 to 0.2 cents, although this has not yet been officially confirmed in detail. Note that state support will not be reflected in 2024 fares.
If we take the example of the Telsa Model 3 Propulsion and its WLTP combined cycle consumption of 14.9 kWh / 100 km, this gives us a cost of 3 euros over 100 km, much more affordable than thermal. But for public charging stations, which are not subject to regulated energy tariffs, the question arises of setting up a system similar to the discount at the pump. The latter will however be planed from November, with only 10 cents discount.
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