Electric vehicle (EV) tariffs
Fix your energy prices with our Electric Driver tariff. Get cheap off-peak electricity at just 8.95p per kWh between 12am-5am and charge your electric car for less.
Already with us? Access your online account and change to our EV tariff.
Why choose our EV tariff?
- Get a lower price for the electricity you use between 12am and 5am every day - that's 35 total off-peak hours every week.
- This special price is locked until 30th November.
- Works with all charge points and electric vehicles.
- 100% renewable electricity.1
- No exit fees if you decide to switch to another tariff or to a different energy provider.
Save more with our EV tariff
There are no rules on what you can use the cut-price electricity for during off-peak hours. As well as charging your EV during off-peak hours you could:
- Use higher-energy appliances, like washing machines and dishwashers.
- Charge up your smartphones, laptops and tablets.
Stay in control of your EV energy bill
- Use your charger or EV management app to schedule your EV charges during the cheaper night-time hours.
- Get a free electricity smart meter upgrade to help keep an eye on your spending.
How to get our EV tariff
- It’s available to all new and existing customers.
- You’ll need to have an electric vehicle you charge at home. We might ask you to prove this.
- You’ll need a British Gas electricity smart meter. If you don’t have an electricity smart meter - or if you have one fitted by another provider - we’ll upgrade you to one of our smart meters, at no extra cost.
- You’ll have to pay by Direct Debit.
How we quote an electric vehicle tariff
When you sign up to our EV tariff, we’ll estimate your annual costs. We base this on how much electricity you’ve used in the past. If we can’t find these details, we’ll base this on the average amount EV owners normally use.
Average EV owners typically charge their vehicles about three times a week during off-peak hours, and twice a fortnight during peak hours using 10kWh of electricity a time. Our estimate assumes that 33% of the electricity you use is during off-peak hours.
Please note, factors like car age, charging habits and electricity usage could mean your actual yearly costs differ from our estimate.
How can I charge my electric car at home?
If you own or lease an electric car the most convenient way to charge your EV is to do so at home.
With Hive EV Charging, you’ll get your own charger expertly installed by a British Gas engineer or approved partner.
Get 12 months’ FreeCharge when you buy a Hive EV Charger
Get a Hive EV Charger and enjoy a year of free driving with FreeCharge. Using our Smart Hive technology, FreeCharge will charge your car at the quietest and greenest times of the day. Best of all, it won’t cost you a penny. We’ll reimburse you for all FreeCharge charges direct to your British Gas bill.
All you need is:
- Hive EV Charger,
- Any British Gas electricity tariff
- A smart meter
- FreeCharge enabled via the Hive app
Go to Hive EV charging
Get half-price electricity every Sunday
Save even more and join hundreds of thousands of British Gas customers using their smart meters to save money on their bills with PeakSave Sunday. You’ll need to be a British Gas energy customer to sign up for PeakSave. Registration required.
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See how much you could save by switching to our EV tariff that lets you charge your electric vehicle for less.
Frequently asked questions
Is it worth getting an electric car tariff?
Electric vehicle energy tariffs might not offer the best value if your driving patterns mean you don’t charge much at home or need to regularly charge your car during peak hours. For many EV households though, an EV tariff could be a good option.
Get an EV tariff quote online and we’ll show you prices for our standard tariffs as well, so you can compare.
Is my daytime electricity rate higher on this EV tariff to offset the cheaper night time rate?
Our EV tariff is a two-rate tariff, that gives you cheaper electricity overnight. This means you can charge your car – or use your washing machine, dishwasher etc and take advantage of the lower priced electricity.
We’ve tried to keep the daytime rate for our EV tariffs as close as possible to our normal electricity rates, but they are higher.
When you get an energy quote online we’ll show you our EV tariffs and our standard tariffs so you can choose what’s right for you.
How do I sign up for this EV tariff?
Does this EV tariff work with Economy 7?
Unfortunately, our EV tariff doesn’t work with Economy 7. If you switched to this tariff, your storage heaters won’t work properly, so it’s better for you to stay on a special E7 tariff.
Does this EV tariff work with solar panels?
Yes, we fit smart meters for customers with solar panels and micro generation equipment in their home.
Why do I need an electricity smart meter to sign up for your electric vehicle energy tariff?
A smart meter tells us exactly when you’re using your electricity. We need to know how much energy you’re using during the day and during the cheaper night-time hours so that we can give you an accurate bill.
Without an electricity smart meter, you won’t be able to get the lower unit rate at night.
Do I need a gas smart meter to sign up for this electric car tariff?
We would always recommend fitting a gas smart meter, but in the case of the Electric Driver tariff you only need an electricity smart meter. If you wish to install a gas smart meter, please speak with our customer representative when signing up for the Electric Driver tariff.
What if I want to switch from this EV tariff?
You can change to another one of our tariffs or another energy supplier at any time. We won’t charge you any exit fees.
What happens if I move home while I’m on this EV charging tariff?
If you're moving home, we’ll need to check that you have the correct set up at your new home, just give us a call and we’ll look into signing you up for an EV tariff again.
What if I want to sign up for your EV charging tariff, but it’s not possible to install smart meters in my home?
Most homes are suitable for smart meters. Sometimes we won’t find out that we can’t fit your smart meter until our engineer comes to install one. If this happens, you can stay on the Electric Driver tariff, but you won’t get the cheaper night time rate.
However, it probably makes sense to switch to another tariff – just give us a call and we’ll be happy to recommend one, or you’ll be able to change tariff in your online account.
We match the electricity you buy from us on this tariff with 100% renewable energy by buying Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origins certificates.
This means buying certificates that guarantee electricity has been generated from a renewable source to match the electricity that you’ll use. We’ll buy these when the tariff starts and we’ll check at the end of the annual compliance period to make sure that we bought enough certificates to cover the electricity used. If you used more electricity than we originally bought and assumed you would use, we’ll buy more certificates to cover what you did use.
The certificates are in addition to our legal obligations and schemes and separate from the existing subsidies. Please note, the electricity you use won’t be the same energy that was generated from the renewable sources.
FreeCharge is only available for customers with a Hive EV Charger and a British Gas Electricity Tariff and Smart Meter. Maximum consumption limits apply. Please read the FreeCharge Terms & Conditions and FAQs on the Hive website.