PHOTO CAPTION: Renault Twizy electric runabout would cost £3/wk if driving 130 miles a week.

What's It Cost to Charge an Electric Car at Home In Britain?

This Is Money/UK compares costs of charging the Renault Twizy and Nissan LEAF electric cars in Britain.

Published: 12-Dec-2012

I am a commuter who drives into London on a daily basis. After reading the story that electric cars may soon be the only vehicles to be exempt from the £10-a-day London congestion charge and being increasingly concerned about my carbon footprint, I have been toying with the idea of buying one.

I currently travel ten miles back and forth from the office, Monday to Friday, and roughly drive a maximum of 30 miles over the weekend.

My question is how much would it add to my electricity bills and how easy is it to find charging points around London? I have been looking at snapping up either the Nissan Leaf or the Renault Twizy.


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Renault Twizy electric 'runabout'

The souped-down Twizy 45 version that doesn’t require a driver’s license in France and has a top speed of 45 kilometers an hour will retail for €6,990 ($9,000).

Renault Samsung SM3 demonstrator

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