Top 10 cheapest cities in the UK to run an electric car revealed

BRITAIN'S top ten cheapest cities to run an electric car have been revealed.

And it seems that Coventry is the cheapest on the list based on data including charging rates to how much of your wage an electric vehicle (EV) lease requires.

With the cost of fuel increasing, approximately  460,000 Brits have decided to switch to an electric car.

What many don't seem to be aware of is that the city they live in makes a great difference in the cost of running an electric car.

Data from research conducted by Vanarama have revealed that Coventry is the cheapest city to run an electric vehicle.

The research compared data from the country's 25 most populous cities on five cost categories associated with electric motoring – from the obvious charging rates to how much of your wage an EV lease requires.

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The ranking was based on each city's total index score.

Coventry won first place with a total score of 77.6.

Once known as Motor City, due to its high concentration of car factories, it boasts the UK’s joint-cheapest rate of public EV charging and a palatable £1-per-hour parking charge.

Just behind is another of the West Midland’s cities, Stoke-on-Trent, sharing the same cost of both public and at-home charging but higher parking prices.

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In third place is Portsmouth, with a total score of 70.4.

While their cost of public EV charging is considerably more at £15.25 leasing is cheaper compared to the city's average salary of £32,810.

In joint-fourth and -fifth place are Glasgow and Reading, both scoring 66.4.

Reading has the higher-priced parking fees per hour at £1.55 while Glasgow has the second-cheapest parking at just £0.90 per hour.

Meanwhile, electric car drivers have been warned about charger thefts as replacements could cost them thousands of pounds.

The country's largest free electric vehicle charging network has expanded to 500 locations nationwide as usage has surged 300 per cent in the past year.

But a man was left outraged after he was slapped with a fine for charging his car for two hours while he did his shopping at a Lidl store.


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