How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Car?

How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Car?

How Much Does It Cost to Charge an Electric Car?

It costs $2.64 to charge an electric car, assuming the car has a 24 kilowatt-hour battery with a 70-mile range and the electricity price is $0.11 per kilowatt-hour. The cost is equivalent to six hours of central air conditioning. A Department of Energy vehicle cost calculator is available at AFDC.Energy.gov/calc/.

To compute an electric vehicle's cost per mile, a person needs to know how much electricity the car consumes to travel 100 miles and the electricity cost in dollars per kilowatt-hour. If the car consumes 34 kilowatt-hours to travel 100 miles and the electricity costs $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, the per-mile cost is $0.04. A car that uses 2,520 kilowatt-hours per year uses less electricity than an average water heater.