Posted by Jason Cartwright
December 4, 2020
It wasn’t long ago we were all pretty outraged that Tesla increased their charging rates at Superchargers. Well now it’s Evie’s turn and the price is even higher.
Reported by EV owner Jon Day on Facebook, the EVIE Networks pricing change places the new rates at:
- Ultra-Fast Chargers (up to 350kW): 60c per kWh + 0c per min
- Fast Chargers (up to 50kW): 40c per kWh + 0c per min
While it looks like Evie is moving away from the controversial per minute charging (owners have no control over the speed of charging), the increase to the cost per kWh now places Evie as the most expensive place to charge.
When Evie first launched, they were priced at 35c per kWh consumed + 25c per minute while charging. Jumping to almost double the per kWh cost is a big deal and a rise that will have a meaningful impact on the overall cost of road trips and holidays.
This price rise from Evie also comes with no justification for the rise, be it increase energy costs, or desire to raise more income to invest in the rollout of more charging location, any communication would be appreciated by the EV community.
The increased rate for fast charging, does comes at an awkward time, when 2 of their 12 sites are suffering from outages.
We now have a copy of an email sent to Evie users confirming the pricing change. This change will take place this Sunday, December 6th, 2020.
It’s probably worthwhile mentioning for those non-EV owners that a vast majority of charging occurs at home for a fraction of this price. This means the occasional weekend roadtrip, or perhaps an upcoming holiday at Christmas, would increase in cost, while the regular ongoing cost of owning an EV remains substantially cheaper than an ICE vehicle.