Welsh electric vehicle charging company Clenergy EV has announced that it is increasing charging rates at their Swansea and Carmarthenshire charging stations from 35p/KWh to £1/KWh.
The company, which runs EV chargers in car parks for Swansea and Carmarthenshire Councils is only increasing its rates in these two counties.
Clenergy continues to charge 65p/KWh at its Pembrokeshire sites and just 35p/KEh in Powys and Ceredigion.
The company is blaming increased wholesale prices in Swansea and Carmarthenshire for the massive rises – and says that drivers should charge at home or use cheaper rivals instead.
In a statement, Clenergy said: “We understand your frustration with the sudden increase in pricing with our chargers in the Swansea and Carmarthenshire areas. We endeavour to be as transparent as possible with you regarding the recent price increase in these areas.
“In these areas, we are currently paying £0.77p/kWh for the energy at wholesale cost plus £0.44 per day standing charges. This price is excluding service charges and VAT.
“Even at an increase from £0.35p/kWh to £1.00 p/kWh, we are not profiting from the usage of these charging points.
“At this time, we would encourage you to charge at home or seek out cheaper chargers in the area.”
The company says that there is no pricing cap for commercial entities which is why its current wholesale pricing is above the domestic pricing cap in the UK.
It says that Clenergy EV is a Charge Point Operator for charge points in Carmarthenshire and Swansea only, which are run on behalf of the respective councils for each county. Other charge points across the UK are unaffected by the price increase currently.
Clenergy EV added: “We continue to work closely with both councils regarding energy costs and will review our pricing in these areas once the government has announced the support they will be providing to businesses and public sector organizations.
“We are keeping the charge points online for people to use if required in these locations. The only company profiting is the energy wholesaler. As previously stated, we would encourage drivers to go elsewhere to charge their vehicles if they can.”
(Lead image: Clenergy EV)
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