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Charging Costs

Charging costs for electric cars

One of the many advantages of electric cars is that charging is cheaper than refuelling with petrol or diesel. Find out here what you need to bear in mind when charging and how you can make it even cheaper

Charging costs at public stations

At public charging stations - for example those of the ADAC - the costs are around 35 - 40 cents per kilowatt hour. At the 11 kWh charging stations of other providers, around 5 euros per hour are due. Reason: there are different ways of charging your electric car at public charging stations. Usually you only have to pay for the amount of electricity you charge, but sometimes you also have to pay for charging per minute. Depending on the provider, there is a monthly basic fee - or a start-up fee for each charge. 

Charging costs at home

Those who can charge at home or at work have a clear price advantage over those using public charging. A government funded support scheme to assist homeowners install an electric vehicle charge point on their property. The scheme provides a grant up to the value of €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit. The applicant must be the owner of an eligible new or second-hand electric vehicle (EV). See more details here

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At Opel we endeavour to simplify the transition to electric vehicles and to offer you a seamless e-mobility experience, that is truly end-to-end eco-friendly and sustainable. That’s why we’ve partnered with Energia, Ireland’s leading independent energy company, to provide a FREE smart home charger PLUS 20% discount off Energia’s 100% sustainable, green energy, when you register your new electrified Opel and switch your domestic electricity supply to Energia.

Additional charging costs

The most expensive component in electric cars is still the battery. The way the battery is charged can cause it to lose power over the years. In this case, your Opel Partner will first try to replace only individual modules, because this is cheaper than replacing the entire battery. It is also possible to replace the entire battery, but this is very expensive. This is why Opel gives you an 8-year warranty on the battery - or 160,000 km.  

Worth knowing on the topic of costs

Is an electric car cheaper?

If you add up all the costs of a car - from the purchase price to operating and maintenance costs to depreciation - electric cars are increasingly outperforming combustion engines. The maintenance of an electric car is also 35 percent cheaper on average than that of a petrol car.

How much does it cost to drive 100km in an electric car?

The consumption of the Opel Corsa-e is around 17 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres. At the current (2021) electricity price of 31.89 cents/kWh, 17 kilowatt hours cost a total of 5.42 euros. Recharging is therefore cheaper than with a petrol engine. Incidentally, the costs for maintenance and service, taxes and insurance are also lower than with a petrol engine.

What are the monthly electricity costs?

Electric cars are getting cheaper and cheaper. If you add up all the costs of a car, they are also increasingly outperforming combustion engines. However, it is not possible to calculate the costs per month as a lump sum. All expenses have to be taken into account, from insurance, road tax, maintenance and repairs to tyre wear, fuel and electricity costs. And finally, depreciation.

How much to electric car batteries cost?

Although the cost of electric car batteries has been falling for years, the battery is still the most expensive component of the electric car. For one of our mid-range cars, the cost is around 6,000 euros. For luxury cars from other manufacturers, there is talk of around 20,000 euros. We are already working on being able to further drastically reduce the cost of batteries in the future with our Opel Gigafactory.