Recharging electric cars at public points can now prove more expensive than a petrol refill.
Surging electricity costs has meant electric vehicle (EV) owners are no longer guaranteed a cheaper driving experience.
There are already fears that Britain’s electric car market disproportionately favours those with driveways, as the Government prepares to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in 2030.
Research last year found that 84 per cent of existing owners had access to off-street parking to charge their vehicles.
MPs, industry leaders and campaigners have warned current tax arrangements discriminate against motorists without driveways, as VAT on electricity from public chargers is still 20 per cent, whereas it is only 5 per cent if you charge at home.
Oil giant Shell, which oversees one of the biggest charging networks in the UK, now charges 85p per kWh for its ultra-rapid chargers. BP, the country’s largest provider, is not far behind on 79p per kWh.