It is 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 travel. At first glance, it can be difficult to determine how much this will cost. There are many types of chargers and charging networks, and electricity prices can vary greatly from state to state. Let’s do a little recap together.
What is the problem ?
Currently, many electric vehicles have a range of more than 300 km on a single charge. It may be necessary to recharge the vehicle several times to be able to take longer trips.
Depending on the charger you use, the cost of charging your electric vehicle on the go can range from 10 to 30 euros. As a result, the cost of traveling in an electric car is now nearly equivalent to that of traveling in a conventional car (i.e. a gasoline-powered car).
However, this seemingly simple math problem can be made difficult for a number of reasons.
How to charge an EV while traveling by car?
The cost of charging an electric vehicle on a commercial charger, from almost empty (10%) to almost full (80%), can vary, on average, from ten to thirty euros. It is important to bear in mind that the cost of charging your electric vehicle while traveling, more specifically at a public charging station, will be considerably 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 electricity prices:
The tariffs applied to commercial customers are generally two or even three times higher than those applied to residential customers. Even between stations on the same network, commercial billing prices can vary by more than 50%. By comparison, the price range for gasoline is around 10% or less.
Different types of chargers and batteries:
Charging speed is affected by several 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.
As there are a wide variety of pricing structures, the prices offered by commercial shippers are not always directly comparable to each other. Costs are often expressed as a combination of a rate per kWh, a rate per unit of time, and a rate per session. Calculated on a kWh basis (ie the amount you are billed for one euro), charging costs vary considerably from one another.
Save money on your EV trip
You need to be sure to factor in the additional time and cost involved in locating a commercial charging station. If you don’t plan your trip around the location of electric vehicle charging stations, you could end up spending a lot of time traveling in the wrong direction.
And on top of that, waiting for your EV to recharge. These additional kilometers will obviously lead to a very significant increase in the cost of your trip.
You can take steps that will help reduce the cost of your EV trip and make pricing more predictable. Firstly, 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 station network on your route.
You can use apps like “A Better Route Planner” or “PlugShare” in addition to the route planner that is standard on all Tesla vehicles, but also on cars from more and more manufacturers.
In addition, electric vehicle charging stations can be highlighted on Google Maps. There’s nothing like visualizing the best route, the one that will take you fresh and ready to your destination.