Osprey electric vehicle (EV) charging announces reduction to 79p per kWh

Osprey Charging, one of the UK’s major networks of rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points, has announced that it is reducing its prices to 79p per kilowatt hour across its nationwide estate.

Effective from 1 November, this reduction has been enabled by the Government’s Energy Bill Relief Scheme – a plan from the UK government that helps reduce energy bills for businesses.

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As has been widely reported, the unprecedented electricity wholesale prices in 2022 recently drove up the cost of electricity sold to businesses such as Osprey by their energy suppliers, at times by over 600 per cent.

Ian Johnston, Osprey Charging CEO, said: “The team at Osprey has been working diligently throughout October with our energy supplier to get clarity on the government support to reduce the price burden on EV drivers. 

“We have now achieved this reduction and are fulfilling the promise we made last month and passing on a saving to our customers immediately.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for their patience during these difficult times and understand that if drivers are to make the switch to electric, they need cheap, reliable charging points all over the UK. 

“Our focus continues to be on building an EV charging infrastructure for the future that is accessible and safe for all. Over the next two years, we will invest over £50 million expanding our nationwide public charging network, establishing the much-needed national infrastructure that all drivers can trust and rely on.”

The price that EV drivers pay at the charger is made up of several aspects,  including the cost of electricity, the cost of installing infrastructure, the operation and maintenance of the charging network, as well as VAT at 20 per cent for public charging. 

Energy suppliers also add on non-commodity costs, their own running costs and margin on top of wholesale electricity, to determine the price that businesses like Osprey pay. This price reduction is good news and will help electric vehicle drivers in the UK know exactly what they’re paying when they have to recharge. 

Osprey Charging, recently announced a collaboration with British Garden Centres, to provide rapid electric vehicle charging at its UK stores. British Garden Centres are the UK’s largest family-owned garden centre group.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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