Electric car drivers feel the pinch as Green-run Brighton raises charging fees

EV drivers are the latest victims of rising fuel costs, as a council has become the first to increase its charges since Russia invaded Ukraine.

Brighton and Hove City Council, controlled by the Green Party, said the rising cost of wholesale electricity has pushed up prices across the charging network as household budgets continue to be squeezed by the rising cost of living.

It comes as energy bills and food prices hit multi-year highs, with soaring fuel prices being driven by the war in Ukraine and moves to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian oil.

Brighton Council’s lantern chargers and fast chargers will both rise from 26p per kWh to 39p per kWh, while fast chargers will rise from 27p per kWh to 44p per kWh.

A spokesman for the agency said that global issues affecting energy prices mean that household bills have both increased and the city’s EV charging operator, EB Charging, is also having to raise prices.

“Still cheaper than petrol”

“This includes energy that is 100 percent from renewable sources, such as that provided for electric vehicles in the city,” he said.

“Even if the cost of charging an electric vehicle in the city must increase, it remains cheaper than running a petrol or diesel vehicle.”

The increase will come into effect on Monday 20 June.

Brighton City Council owns the city’s public charging stations but outsources day-to-day management of the network to EB Charging.

It is unclear how much of the city’s charging point costs flow into municipal coffers.

It is the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February that a local authority has increased its electric vehicle charges.

Dundee City Council announced an increase in its electric vehicle charging stations in January, citing “rising energy costs”.

Laura Thompson, co-founder of price comparison site Love My EV (Electric Vehicle), told the Telegraph: “All charging providers have increased their prices in recent months.

“There is a huge gap between people who can charge at home and people who don’t have the option of off-street parking, which is increasingly unfair.”

It comes as RAC Motoring Group described it as “a really dark day” on Thursday as the cost of filling a 55-litre tank with petrol hit £100.27 and £103.43 for diesel.

The Government has threatened to name and shame those petrol stations who fail to pass on their 5p fuel tax cut announced in March

The Council and EB Charging have been asked to comment. Electric car drivers feel the pinch as Green-run Brighton raises charging fees

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