A complete guide to Electric Vehicle tariffs for your home
EV tariffs are designed for customers who own or have regular access to a plug-in electric vehicle that can be charged at home. EV Tariffs offer the best value for electric vehicle owners as they are designed with their specific charging needs in mind.
EV tariffs are available with a number of flexible payment options including direct debit, online and app payments with the option to receive all bills, letters and account notifications in your Energy Online account. When you change to an EV tariff it will replace your existing home energy tariff so that all your household energy use will be billed at the rates of the EV tariff you choose.
We are pleased to be the first supplier to offer EV Tariffs in NI and EV customers have the choice of two options to help save money and energy.
EV tariffs available
There are two EV tariffs available for electric vehicle owners called EV Anytime and EV Nightshift.
EV Anytime Tariff
EV Anytime Tariff is a single unit rate tariff with a standing charge that is billed quarterly.
With this EV tariff, you pay the best unit rate for your electricity all day, every day plus a standing charge. The EV Anytime Tariff offers a range of ways to pay include direct debit and Keypad pay as you go.
The EV Anytime Tariff may work best for you if you have:
A long commute
Do a lot of regular driving during the day
A lower range electric vehicle
Regularly charge your car during the day or evening
If this sounds like your typical EV use, then the EV Anytime Tariff will give you flexibility and the best value for your charging needs. You can switch to EV Anytime tariff or request a personalised quote online.
EV Nightshift Tariff
Our EV Nightshift Tariff is an off-peak tariff with a standing charge, which is billed quarterly.
What makes this different from the EV Anytime Tariff is that there are two different unit rates, one for day-time electricity use, and one for night-time electricity use.
Th EV Nightshift tariff is ideal for electric vehicle customers who like to charge up their car overnight as a cheaper electricity unit rate will is applied during these ‘off peak’ overnight hours.
|Summer time (BST)||Winter time (GMT)|
|2am - 9am||1am to 8am|
The graph below outlines a sample cost for charging an electric vehicle during daytime hours versus the overnight ‘off peak’ hours on the EV Nightshift Tariff.
To ensure full advantage is taken of the EV Nightshift Tariff, customers should charge their EVs during the off-peak hours as frequently as possible. Although the times are from 1am and 2am this does not mean you have to stay up to plug in at these times. Using a smart EV charger, customers can programme start and end charging times ensuring the car only charges during off-peak hours. Also, some EV car models also have on-board charge scheduling, which allows a time to be set for charging without the need to use a smart charger.
Depending your daily mileage, EV range and lifestyle alongside model range and charging habits, these tariffs will suit every need.
EV tariff availability
|EV Anytime Tariff||EV Nightshift Tariff|
EV tariff benefits
EV tariffs are specifically designed with electric vehicle owners in mind and offer a range of benefits which include:
- Better value for money when you choose the EV tariff that matches your charging needs
- 100% green energy for your home with your equivalent usage sourced from renewable generators right here in Northern Ireland
- Customer support from our team of energy experts
- Save on more than just electricity with Perks - enjoy discounts and cashback deals on insurance, services and accessories for your electric vehicle plus lots more savings on everyday essentials
Compare EV tariffs
Compare EV tariffs using this handy guide. Review your EV usage, daily mileage, EV range and your charging needs and match it with the EV tariff that is the best fit.
|Your EV usage||EV Anytime||EV Nightshift Tariff|
|You have a comfortable amount of range after your daily driving for any unplanned evening trips||NO||YES|
|You have installed a 7-kW home EV charger, that either has programmable functions or your EV has a programmable charge timer||NO||YES|
|More than one EV in the household||NO||YES|
|Long range EV and don't need to charge every day||NO||YES|
|Short range EV and you need to charge after commuting to ensure enough range for unplanned evening trips||YES||NO|
|You drive a lot during the day leaving range low for trips in the evening||YES||NO|
|Charging available at elsewhere, e.g., workplace||YES||NO|
|3kW non-programmable home charger or onboard car charge timer||YES||NO|
|You have a PHEV and top up the battery for every car journey||YES||NO|
Switch to an EV tariff
EV tariffs are available to new and existing customers. It’s quick and easy to switch to us or upgrade your existing home energy tariff if you are an electric vehicle owner.
To switch to an EV tariff simply fill out the online form and we will be in touch to complete your EV tariff set up.
When switching to us or upgrading to an EV tariff you will need the following information to complete the online form:
- Name, Phone Number, Email Address
- Home address including Postcode
- Tell us if you are a new or existing customer
- Confirm that you own an electric vehicle
- Select a morning, afternoon, or evening slot when we can contact you
Electric vehicle grants available in NI
EV grants are available to electric vehicle owners in NI. The Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme is a grant that offers a 75% contribution towards installing a charge point, with a cap of £350 including VAT per charge point installation. There are requirements that must be met which mainly outline that a person owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property. If a person has two vehicles that qualify at one property, they can apply for two charge points.
A person will first choose an eligible EVHS installer for the charge point and then the EVHS installer will check that they qualify for the grant. If a customer is eligible and goes ahead with a charge point installation, they only pay to the installer the cost minus the grant, with the installer later processing the grant and claim it back. This make is a simple, hassle-free experience for the customer. The scheme is administered by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, also known as OZEV.
What are electric vehicles?
There are two types of plug-in electric vehicle available to help us drive to a zero-emission future. These are:
- plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), and
- battery electric vehicles (BEV)
PHEVs are vehicles with a combination of a small battery, charged by plugging into an EV charger, and an internal combustion engine (ICE) and a fuel tank. Typically, the battery has a range of 20 to 40 miles to cover city driving and short journeys, with the fuel tank for longer trips and motorway driving.
The combination of battery and ICE offers flexibility and the car can function in full electric mode, combustion mode or a combination of both, offering longer driving range when compared to a BEV, but still reducing emissions of short daily car journeys. Also, drivers do not have to rely on a public charging network when making long journeys. This makes PHEVs an ideal transition vehicle for drivers taking their first steps with an electric vehicle and towards a zero-emission future.
BEVs, commonly called EVs, are full battery electric vehicles with no internal combustion engine and no tailpipe emissions. The onboard battery is charged by plugging into an EV charger, with the battery size determining the maximum range of the vehicle. The range of BEVs can be anywhere from 70 miles to 300 + miles, depending on make and model. Other factors that affect the driving range of a fully charged EV are driving style, road surface, tyre condition and pressure, weather and season, as well as the age of the vehicle.
Both PHEVs and BEVs will normally be charged at home by plugging into a dedicated EV charger, installed by a qualified electrician. Drivers can get the best value miles by moving to an EV tariff for their home that is backed by 100% renewable energy, ensuring that the greenhouse gas emissions produced by driving are minimised as much as possible.
What are the benefits of an electric vehicle?
Electric vehicles offer numerous benefits compared to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles, making them an attractive option for consumers.
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
EVs have an on-board battery that produces electric to run the vehicle. With no internal combustion engine and no input of fossil fuels there is no tailpipe emissions from an EV. Consumers that are environmentally aware and aim to reduce their carbon footprint choose an EV to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, airborne pollutants, and their carbon footprint. To further reduce an individual’s carbon footprint, EVs can be charged at home using a renewable electricity tariff such as EV Anytime and EV Nightshift.
Better for our Health
Conventional petrol and diesel vehicles emit airborne pollutants such as oxygen nitrides and particulate matter. These pollutants are known to increase chances of developing heart and lung disease, cancer, and asthma. As EVs produce no tailpipe emissions this reduces the presence of these pollutants in populated areas meaning the rate of developing these health conditions will decrease. With fewer conventional vehicles in towns and cities and an increased number of EVs, these tailpipe emissions will also be significantly reduced in towns and cities.
Cheaper to run
If an individual travels a substantial number of miles annually, an EV would be a more suitable vehicle choice as they are essentially cheaper and more efficient to run compared to conventional petrol and diesel vehicles. Utilising the EV Nightshift tariff will also allow a customer to receive even more value for their miles. Not only do EVs cost less to run than purchasing fuel for a conventional combustion engine vehicle but they also have lower vehicle tax which helps reduce running costs.
Try this journey cost calculator to compare the cost of running an EV with a conventional combustion engine vehicle.
Low maintenance and cheaper to service
Electric vehicles are easier to use and have less parts compared to a combustion engine vehicle. With fewer parts there is less maintenance involved with owning an EV and they are therefore cheaper to maintain. As vehicles age, they will go through normal wear and tear which results in high-cost maintenance for fixing and replacing parts, however, with an EV, less parts means less opportunity for breakage, and therefore savings on maintenance costs.
Charging an electric vehicle is as simple and convenient as charging your mobile phone. With a home EV charge point installed all you need to do is plug in and the car can begin charging. If you plug in overnight and your car will be charged up for you in the morning, with no need to stop at petrol stations on the way. The convenience of charging at home means your EV is always ready to go, and this can save searching and comparing fuel prices at numerous garages and you do not have to worry about unpredictable fuel prices.
Electric cars are fun to drive and highly responsive making them an ideal choice for consumers. The torque available from the motor in an EV means the initial acceleration offered by standard EVs is more than what you would get from many sports cars.
How are electric vehicles better for the environment?
EVs reduces greenhouse gas emissions
EVs have no internal combustion engine and instead run on an on-board battery. This battery means there is no tailpipe emissions from the vehicle reducing the emission of oxygen nitrides and particulate matter in the atmosphere. Greenhouse gas emissions such as C02 are significantly reduced with the use of EVs as they are more energy efficient. Some EV models have regenerative braking which returns energy to the battery when the brakes are applied further reducing carbon emissions as they are more efficient to run compared to conventional combustion engine vehicles.
Better for our Health
Oxygen nitrides and particulate matter are emitted through tailpipes of conventional combustion engine vehicles however, EVs having no tailpipes means these gases are not produced when running an EV. These pollutants are dangerous and are known to cause heart and lung disease, cancer and asthma but with no tailpipe emissions from EVs the chances of developing these illnesses from these pollutants are decreased significantly.
Speak to our team of energy experts about EV tariffs available and we will provide you with a personalised quote so you can compare cost savings against a standard home energy tariff and find out which EV tariff best suits your mileage, range and charging needs.