How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Car at Home?

January 8, 2019 11:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Electric vehicle technology continues to evolve rapidly, but there are still a few things holding it back from becoming widely adopted. Price, of course, remains a sticking point for many consumers, though prices are nowhere near as high as they were when the technology was brand new. Perhaps the biggest thing preventing widespread adoption is convenience, mostly in the form of a general lack of public charging stations.

Unfortunately, you can’t just plug in your vehicle to charge wherever you want—there must be charging stations capable of accepting plugs for electric vehicles. This is one of the big things preventing people from purchasing electric vehicles for their normal driving purposes.

However, there are electric vehicle chargers in North Scottsdale, AZ that you can install at your home. This can at least give you enough of a charge to complete your daily commute, allowing you to get the benefits of using an electric car for work and saving money on purchases of gasoline.

Of course, you may be wondering how much this costs, and whether it’s worthwhile to invest in a home electric charging port. Let’s take a look!

Charging your electric vehicle at home

Your charger would likely be a level 2 system that will cost somewhere around $500 or $600, though there are cheaper and more expensive options that you’ll find on the market that have different features.

You’ll also need to take the installation costs of the charger into account. Typically it’ll cost several hundred dollars more to have a professional come out and install the system, but again, rates will vary depending on the electrician who will be providing that service and the setup of your home.

As far as the prices go for actually charging your vehicle, the prices you pay for electricity in your area will dictate what you pay for the power necessary to keep your vehicle charged. Currently the national average is around $0.11 per kilowatt hour (kWh). For the Nissan Leaf, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates it costs about $0.96 to drive 25 miles. For the Tesla Model S, you can get a range of more than 250 miles, and it generally costs about $5 per 125 miles and $10 for a full battery if you’re charging from zero. It would take about $22.50 to get the same mileage for a gas car if you’re paying $2.25 per gallon on average, which means you’re cutting your fuel costs by more than 50 percent.

If you’re charging a lower range electric vehicle, you are typically going to be able to just plug into any outlet at home. The Ford Fusion Energi allows you to plug in overnight and have 19 miles of range the next morning.

For more information about charging your electric vehicle and the various benefits associated with having an electric vehicle charger in North Scottsdale, AZ at your home, we encourage you to contact the team at Eavenson Electric Co. today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about this emerging technology.

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