It’s important to budget for the cost of charging your electric vehicle (EV) in advance if you plan to take it on a trip that involves road driving. At first glance, it can be difficult to determine how much it will cost you. There are many types of chargers and charging networks, and electricity prices can vary greatly from state to state. Let’s do a little summary together.
What’s the problem ?
Many electric cars currently have a range of over 300 km on a single charge. You may need to recharge your vehicle several times to make longer trips.
Depending on the charger you use, the cost of charging your electric vehicle while on the move can vary from 10 to 30 euros. As a result, the cost of traveling in an electric car is now almost equivalent to the cost of traveling in a conventional car (ie a petrol-powered car).
However, this seemingly simple mathematical problem can be made more difficult for various reasons.
How do you charge an electric car while traveling by car?
The cost of charging an electric vehicle at a commercial charger, from almost empty (10%) to almost full (80%), can vary from ten to thirty euros on average. It is important to bear in mind that the cost of charging your electric car while traveling, specifically at a public charging station, will be significantly higher than the cost of charging at home.
On the other hand, electric vehicles have a wider range of pricing options for their fuel than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. This is due to a combination of the following factors:
Wide range of prices for electrical energy:
Tariffs for business customers are generally two or even three times higher than those used for private customers. Even between stations on the same network, commercial charging rates can vary by more than 50%. In comparison, the price range for gasoline is about 10% or less.
Different types of chargers and batteries:
The charging speed is affected by a number of factors, including temperature, the degree of charge already present in the battery and the condition of the charger itself. For this reason, the time it takes to charge your battery can also vary significantly from case to case.
Because there is a wide range of pricing structures, the prices offered by commercial chargers are not always directly comparable to each other. Costs are often expressed as a combination of a tariff per kWh, a rate per unit of time and a rate per session. Calculated on the basis of kWh (ie the amount you get for one euro), charging costs vary considerably from one another.
Save money on your EV trip
You need to make sure you factor in the extra time and cost associated with finding a commercial charging station. If you don’t plan your trip around the location of EV charging stations, you can end up spending a lot of time traveling in the wrong direction.
And what’s more, waiting for your electric car to recharge. These extra kilometers will naturally lead to a fairly significant increase in the price of your trip.
You can take measures that will help reduce the cost of your electric car journey and make prices more predictable. First, plan your route so that you can stop at charging stations when you expect to need them, but also to get a better idea of the density of the network of stations on your route.
You can use applications like “A Better Route Planner” or “PlugShare”, in addition to the route planner that is standard on all Tesla vehicles, but also on more and more manufacturers’ cars.
In addition, EV charging stations can be highlighted on Google Maps. Nothing better to visualize the best route, the one that will take you fresh and ready to your destination.