You are not required to charge an electric car. you can go about your daily activities and the car will charge itself when it is not moving, this process is known as dynamic charging. there are also stations that you can pull up at for faster, more efficient charging.
how much does it cost to charge an electric car at a charging station?
this depends on the electricity rates in your locality.
fortunately, electric vehicles use much less power than gasoline cars. the average us- household supplies up to 40 miles of range for each 24 hour period with just 8 hours of charging using a standard 15 amp circuit, or up to 120 miles with 2 hours of charging at 50 amps. that translates to $0.03 per mile charged, which is about 3 cents cheaper than gas vehicles! and while you're plugged in, you can even reduce your home's energy costs by running full loads of clothes dryer and dishwasher simultaneously! remember also that the infrastructure required for fuel distribution – pipelines, crushers, processing facilities – all require energy inputs too… energy inputs that are not required
how much does it cost to charge an electric car?
charging an electric car has a cost which is usually about 50% lower than the cost of fueling a conventional car.
an electric car should maintain the same annual idle costs as a petrol or diesel vehicle (~$1,000 usd). maintenance allows for free top-ups at designated charging stations and doesn't require expensive fuel refills. however, unlike a gasoline fuelled vehicle, it does carry a price tag for purchasing – the average being around $35,000 usd to $100,000 usd depending on model and accessories. given recent technological advancements in battery improvement and development (named after decades) including rapid charging technology (90 minutes), never having to refuel again might not be too far away.
can you charge an electric car at home?
electric cars can run on ac current, so they are able to plug into the power grid. local electric companies have static equipment in place to automatically detect when an electric car is plugged in and how many kilowatts were used by the vehicle for charging purposes. the company will then bill owners of the vehicle based on these two values, minus an amount of kilowatts set aside for personal use regardless of what sources that electricity came from.
can you plug an electric car into a regular outlet?
the electricity from a standard wall outlet is 110 volts, which won't charge an electric car. in north america, cars usually come with a charger that converts the voltage to 240 volts. some outlets have a neutral third leg that bars current from going through any regular plug and into an outlet nearby. if these cords are plugged in correctly they should turn off the power to the other outlet as well as turn on electricity for their own use. this is called “two-way” or “three-way” wiring, because it powers two outlets at once–the original one and the device being charged from it.
in order to recharge an electric car from a standard outlet you would need heavy duty wires/cord to plug into