DRIVING an electric car might seem like a cheaper option, but drivers are being hit with hidden costs as the motors become more popular.
The number of electric vehicles on British roads has risen by 33 per cent in the last year, but that's been matched by a hike in charging costs.
The majority of public charging points no longer offer free electricity, with plug-in drivers now forced to fork out for monthly subscriptions to power up their motors.
In some cases, drivers can expect to pay as much as £17 per month in additional charging fees, including subscription costs.
According to a study by What Car?, the cost to charge a Renault Zoe ZE40 to 80 per cent varied largely depending on location.
They found motorists could pay as much as £17.46 to use a Source London Flexi – fast (7.4 kW) charging station, or as little as £7.70 for a Polar Instant – fast (7.2 kW) charger.