Cost of Electric Car Ownership | Kia UK
Comparing the cost of ownership
How affordable are Hybrids? And what’s the cost of running an electric car? When it comes to cost of ownership, there are some differences between the two. Either way, it may surprise you how much you can save in the long run — compared to a traditional petrol engine car.
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Our Hybrid vehicles (HEV) usually cost less to buy outright than their plug-in-hybrid and electric equivalents.
Hybrid vehicles boast good fuel economy compared to petrol-driven vehicles. And, because they produce lower emissions, you’ll also benefit from slightly reduced rates of VED (road tax).
Plug-in Hybrid cars
Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHEV) cost more to buy than self-charging hybrid vehicles but offer better fuel efficiency and taxation.
If you charge at home at a competitive kWh price, a plug-in hybrid will allow you to slash your petrol bills.
Their very low CO2 emissions also allow them to take advantage of relatively low VED (road tax) and company car tax.
With a competitive kWh pricing tariff at home or through a public charging provider, electric cars (EV) are particularly cheap to run.
They also benefit from low taxation and are viewed more favourably by Government and local authorities, which can see you save significant amounts on congestion charge fees and parking.
Comparing powertrains by type
How different types of powertrain affect your running costs
Ways to save
Making the move towards electric comes with a range of financial incentives you may want to take a look at.
Enjoy an all-round lower running cost, with savings to be made at every turn. Electric vehicles can unlock enviable savings on parking. Many local authorities around the country levy lower or no fees for on-street parking and/or resident parking permits on electric vehicles.
Some parking operators, sometimes placed conveniently near a train station, also waive or discount parking charges for electric vehicles so it is worth researching saving opportunities around you.
Zero emissions, zero road tax
Road tax in the UK, officially known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), is calculated based on CO2 emissions. Because fully electric cars output zero CO2 emissions (in fact, they don't even come with an exhaust), running one will cost you zero road tax.
Farewell congestion charge
Travelling into Central London? In a fully electric Kia, you'll automatically avoid paying the Congestion Charge until 25th December 2025, as well as the charge for entering the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) — saving you £27.50 on your journey.
But it doesn’t stop with London. As many more cities like Manchester and Birmingham introduce similar clean air zones, electric vehicles are the best way to guarantee long-term access to these areas, at the best possible price.
Recharge your batteries, right at home
How much does it cost to charge an electric car? It’s probably a lot less than you think. Especially when you’re charging at home.
Securing a good deal on charging your electric car at home or at a public station can save you significant amounts of money compared to running a combustion engine vehicle. It is worth ensuring you have the right energy tariff at home. If you rely solely on public charging, some operators can also offer very competitive pricing so it is worth researching solutions local to you.
Don’t pay more for servicing
Keep your car in good working order at no extra cost. And, with fewer moving parts, servicing and repairing an electric vehicle is quicker and simpler.
Better for business
Savings on fuel and servicing that really mean business. Companies using electric vehicles can expect to enjoy lower running costs, lower BiK rate and better write down allowance.
Simple ways to buy your new Kia
Your choice of purchase options
Purchasing made painless. Whether you're looking to buy your new Hybrid or fully electric Kia outright, or you want to explore financing, we make the process simple.
You'll be able purchase in person, or from home — while our financing options offer a comprehensive breakdown of how much you'll be paying over a fixed term.
Buy from the comfort of your sofa
You can feel right at home with our option to simply purchase your Kia from home. Sit back and browse the range, chat to your local dealer, and finds the terms that best suit you. Find your perfect Kia right now.
Speak to our experts
Looking to finance your new Kia? Simply fill in your chosen options and our finance calculator will give you a full monthly cost breakdown. For a flexible, manageble way to pay for your new car. You can also discuss your options with a Kia dealer, either via our livechat or by phone.