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What's the most you've ever paid to charge an EV?

Discussion in 'Supercharging & Charging Infrastructure' started by ckoval7, Oct 28, 2019.

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What's the most you've ever paid to charge an EV?

  1. $0.01 - $0.10 per kWh

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  2. $0.11 - $0.20 per kWh

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  3. $0.21 - $0.30 per kWh

    4 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. $0.31 - $0.40 per kWh

    1 vote(s)
    6.3%
  5. $0.41 - $0.50 per kWh

    2 vote(s)
    12.5%
  6. $0.51 - $0.60 per kWh

    2 vote(s)
    12.5%
  7. > $0.60 per kWh

    2 vote(s)
    12.5%
  8. I've never paid a dime to charge my car

    3 vote(s)
    18.8%
  1. ckoval7

    ckoval7 Mild One

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    Whenever I go somewhere unfamiliar, I like to look around plugshare and get an idea of what chargers are near by and what they might cost. A few months ago, I was out in some tiny town in Indiana. There was only one charger that was charging $0.40 per kWh. Ouch! That's just as expensive as gas. Luckily I wasn't driving out there. I figured they could get away with that rate because they're the only game in town.

    This weekend I was spending some time in DC. I opened up plugshare and looked at what was near by. There were several chargers that cost $0.55 for "non-members" and $0.45 for "members" of whatever screwed up charging network that was. That is pretty insane, and even more expensive than gas.

    I've never paid for charging outside my own home. If I ever have to, I hope its not at rates like those!
     
  2. webbah

    webbah Member

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    Depends on where you live. In Switzerland it’s common to see DC chargers at 0.45 Chf per kWh (1 to 1 with USD) however gas here costs 1.80 per liter or close to $7-8 a gallon....
     
  3. doghousePVD

    doghousePVD Member

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    I voted "nada", but that's not quite true. Two or three times I had to pay for parking to access a Supercharger.

    Home is not free; 22¢ kwh in RI. Free lifetime SC with my X.
     
  4. scubastevo80

    scubastevo80 Member

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    Home rate is 20c/kw, superchargers (used 2x in my model 3) are about 29c/kw. This is for NJ.
     
  5. ewoodrick

    ewoodrick Active Member

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    Non Tesla chargers can be expensive. Membership and amount of charging can change the numbers.
    Tesla is commonly the cheapest
     
  6. pdxrajiv

    pdxrajiv Member

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    Twice I have paid $7.50 (US) for a charging session. Once I needed only 30 miles of charge, so paid about $.75 per KWh.
    I did not stay longer to lower my per cents/KWh metric.:)
     
  7. ChadS

    ChadS Last tank of gas: March 2009. EV miles: 254,000

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    #7 ChadS, Nov 10, 2019 at 8:07 AM
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2019 at 8:19 AM
    In April 2010 (when there were no charging stations North of San Francisco) my charging plans went awry because not all campgrounds understood what a "240V" outlet was. (They call them "50A" outlets; lesson learned).

    So I had to stop at another campground without having called first. It was a KOA in Willits CA. They insisted on charging the overnight rate for a premium spot (despite being nearly empty on a very cold weekday morning and having cheaper 50A spots available), which was $47. I was charging at 10kW and was only there a little over 2 hours, so I paid about $2 per KWH.

    That was way worse than anywhere else I have ever been. I started using Superchargers and Destination chargers in 2013, and I have almost never had to pay anything since.

    By the way, that was in a Roadster, which did not allow HVAC use while charging. The temperature was about Freezing, but the campground center building was closed...so I hung out for 2 hours in the bathroom. (Fortunately there was only one other visitor during my stay). Truly a memorable charging stop.
     
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  8. trekkie

    trekkie Supporting Member

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    EVGo and their DCFC on my Bolt was over $1.30 a KW/h. They charged by time, not by wattage, and reset the charger every 45m because I was a 'pay as you go' vs a subscription. The first 45 minuge charge i got 26.260 kWh of electricity, and they charged me $16.89, and then my second charging session was 38m 31s and cost me $14.26 for 19.070 kWh.

    It was my first time using a DCFC so I didn't realize when it hit 80% it slowed way down. I started at 75KW, slowed down to about 60KW, and flat-lined at 7KW when I hit 80%. This was September 2018. I never DCFC again after that, it was a single road trip I took just 'to see if I could' vs driving a gas car for a one time visit over to Charlotte for a business meeting.

    I checked their website, and they still charge $0.30 a minute, not consumption based. if you pay $7.99 you get 29 minutes of DCFC a month and after it's $0.27 a minute. This is in North Carolina, it may be different as you have to pick a region to get a price. it looks though as if they charge per minute everywhere. For reference my home utility charge is $0.13 per KWh.
     
  9. doghousePVD

    doghousePVD Member

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    This thread confirms my decision not to buy a Chademo for my X.
     
  10. Drax

    Drax Member

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    The most I’ve paid to charge is at the Disneyland/Disney World properties via Chargepoint at $.35/kWh. I get why it’s that much in CA, but that’s ~3x the residential rate in Central Florida and it just bothers me... Not enough to not charge when we’re there, but it’s definitely annoying.
     

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