Should charging your EV cost you 15% MORE when using public charging?
I read this article and it got me thinking about our transition to "net zero". If you are charging your EV at home (from the luxury of your own property) the tax levy has been reduced to 5%. However, if you are not lucky enough to have your own driveway and need to park on the roadside but still require charging for your vehicle from a public charging point, you will be charged the full whack of 20%!
It's another example of how current policies to encourage the adoption of EVs are suffering from a lack of joined-up thinking (and the cynic in me also wonders if it's another way of clawing back some £ from the reduction in petrol and diesel sales!).
Charging four times as much for the same product (it's all the same electricity for god's sake!), just because you don't have a driveway or access to off-street charging seems more than a little unfair. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) feels the same way and has pointed out their thoughts on drivers turning away from EVs due to policies like this. I don't personally think that drivers will turn their backs on EVs just because of a tax, as an EV will still be considerably cheaper to run through the whole life cost of the vehicle. But it does address a great point about access for all and the creation of a standard for the cost of charging EVs.
There's much more to be done...