With the popularity of electric vehicles on the rise, you may be curious to know if recharging an electric vehicle is cheaper than filling up your car with conventional gasoline at the pump. Here are a few things to know when you’re comparing recharging an electric vehicle to filling up a car with gasoline:
How to Charge at Home
First, you may wonder how easy it is to re-charge your vehicle at home. It’s absolutely simple. There are two ways you can recharge your electric vehicle at your home: with either an AC Level 1 or AC Level 2 charging system.
- AC Level 1: This is the slowest type of charging system for an electric vehicle, but it is the simplest. The charging cord will plug into a regular 120-volt wall outlet. To fully recharge the car’s battery, it will need to be plugged in from 8 to 20 hours.
- AC Level 2: These charging cords plug into a dedicated 240-volt outlet—the same kind clothes dryers and electric stoves use. Because it can receive twice the amperage, this type of charging is twice as fast. Be aware: not all electric vehicles can accept 240-volt amperage, and even with the right adapter, might only receive a 120-volt charge.
To compare the costs of charging a vehicle with electricity to filling up at the pump, it’s easiest to compare the cost of power (electricity or gasoline) the car or truck needs to travel 100 miles.
Consider an electric vehicle that uses 34 kWh to travel 100 miles. According to electricitylocal.com, the current residential average rate for electricity in Oregon is 9.8 cents/kWh. At that rate, it costs $3.33 for enough charge to travel 100 miles.
Let’s compare this to a conventional Toyota Camry 2020. The Toyota Camry has an efficiency rating of 29 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Oregon is $2.65. That means the Camry requires 3.44 gallons of fuel at $2.65 to travel 100 city miles, or $9.11, and requires 2.43 gallons of fuel at $2.65 to travel the same distance on the highway for a total of $6.44.
As you can see, it’s very economical to drive an electric vehicle. The costs of “powering up” are one-third to one-half the cost of purchasing traditional gasoline, even with our current lower-than-normal prices for gasoline. And the process to do it at home is as easy as charging your phone.
Getting a charge on the road is really simple, too. As of March 2020, there were over 78,500 charging stations throughout the United States. Of those, about two-thirds used AC Level 1 technology providing slower fill-ups intended to “top off” the power supply, while one-third use an extremely fast “rapid-charging” technology that will completely recharge a battery in a couple of hours. Check the US Department of Energy’s free search page to learn more about charging station locations in your community and wherever you travel on-the-go.
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