why will the charging price increase from October

Allego has just announced the increase in the charging prices of its terminals from October 7. And the least we can say is that it is significant. This coincides with the government’s announcement that the price of electricity for individuals will increase by 15%. Is driving an electric car still financially attractive?

Within a few months, everything added up. The price of fuel is of course, but not only. In fact, electricity also tends to rise, while the MWh will reach 1,000 euros in France in the wholesale market against only 85 euros in 2021. A considerable increase, which of course does not directly affect households, and this, despite the implementation of the “tariff shield” by the government. For their part, users of electric vehicles must also face this increase.

A price multiplied by two

Despite that, and despite some noise from the corridors, filling the battery of your car does not cost more than filling a thermal model. Well, that could easily change.

The companies are also really victims of the increase in the price of electricity, so they have to adjust so that they don’t lose too much money. This will include an increase in the charging price of the terminals. This is especially the case with Allego, as the company correctly specified in a press release. from from next October 7, it will increase its ratesand it can be bad for users.

In fact, from next month, no less than 60 cents per kWh on 22 kW terminals in alternating current, against 50 cents until now. Users of 50 kW direct current fast charging stations must 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 corresponds to an increase of up to 20%, which should not be easily digested by customers.

Allego has already increased its prices on September 1. Previously, the kWh at the fast terminals was charged at 55 cents, that is, almost double the rate in a few weeks! If we take the example of the Tesla Model 3 Propulsion that consumes 18 kWh on the highway to travel 100 km, it gives us a cost of 17.6 euros, more than thermal cars. The price of gasoline must be higher than 2.5 euros per liter to obtain an equivalent cost.

Increasing average increase

In its press release, the company justified itself by explaining that “due to the continuous increase in electricity prices across Europe we are forced to change our billing rates more frequently“. And unfortunately, customers don’t have much choice but to adapt. In fact, all operators are in the same basket and no one can escape the price increase.

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In March, Tesla also raised the prices of its Superchargers, with a kWh from 40 to 46 cents. An increase that follows an increase in 2021, which raises the kWh from 0.37 to 0.40 cents. As of now, traveling 100 km on the motorway in an electric car costs between 8 and 20 euros depending on the cars and charging operators, as prices vary between 0.46 and 0.98 euros per kWh .

So recharging on the motorway can be more expensive than a full tank of petrol, taking into account the recent discount at the pump. But owners of electric cars can get subscriptions that allow them 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 rises anywhere in Europe, the increase should remain relatively constant in France. In fact, as confirmed by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne during a press conference that took place yesterday, electricity, but gas will also increase by 15% from February 2023. An increase indeed high, but should be closer to 120% without the tariff shield put in place by the government. The kWh should fall from 0.1740 to 0.2 cents, although this has not yet been officially confirmed in detail. Note that state support is not reflected in the 2024 fare.

If we take the example of the Telsa Model 3 Propulsion and the WLTP combined cycle consumption of 14.9 kWh / 100 km, this gives us a cost of 3 euros per 100 km, much cheaper 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 pump discount. The latter is however planned from November, with a discount of only 10 cents.

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