EV drivers hit by surge pricing

Electric vehicle drivers are facing peak-time price rises at thousands of roadside charging points.

The Telegraph reports some major charging networks have introduced “dynamic pricing” where users pay extra if they charge at times of day when electricity demand is high.

It says a quarter of public charge-points, excluding rapid and ultra-rapid devices, are now covered by this pricing model, according to the market analyst Cornwall Insight – although this is concentrated in London.

More than a fifth of the rapid and ultra-rapid network is also covered by peak and off-peak rates.

The report explains that changes should allow drivers to take advantage of cheaper rates during the day and help lessen pressure on the grid, but that it risks triggering concern that drivers who cannot avoid charging during peak periods are being penalised.

It adds that experts have warned prices need to be transparent and properly communicated, and avoid deterring drivers at a time when they are being encouraged to buy electric vehicles.

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