Driving & Charging

Can I drive electric if I don’t have my own garage?

You can drive an electric car without having your own garage. There are plenty of tools to help you find the best public charging stations in your area.

Can I drive electric if I don’t have my own garage?

It’s a question we get a lot: Can I drive a fully electric car if I don’t have my own garage or driveway to park it in?  

It’s a smart question to ask.  But many people are happily driving electric without being able to charge at home overnight, and making it work.  If you’re motivated - by the desire for a better driving experience, not buying gas, reducing your carbon footprint, or anything else - here’s how to make it work.

The 3 kinds of electric drivers without garages

We see people loving driving electric who come in three stripes based on their lifestyles. 

The Smart Shopper 

Grocery stores, malls and big box stores are some of the places where Fast Charging stations are frequently installed.  This is a perfect combination in our opinion, because in our experience a weekly shopping trip takes about 45-60 minutes.  Which is conveniently the same duration as a full fast charge.  

If you’re not driving a long commute - or not commuting every day - you may easily get through the entire week on a single charge.  By having it coincide with your shopping trips, you’ll get your charging in without crimping your schedule.  Just make sure you’re pulling up to a Fast Charger when you shop.

The Multi-Tasker

A second place where public chargers are becoming common is at business parks and at schools. (These tend to be Level 2 chargers, so a bit slower than Fast Chargers at shopping malls). If you’ve got public chargers at your work or school, that’s just about as good as having one at home. 

Even if you have a moderately long commute - like driving 40-60 miles roundtrip - you’re only going to use a portion of your car’s battery each day.  With a Level 2 charger, as little as 2 hours of charging will refill your battery from the daily commute.  So if you plug in a little each day, or all day on one or two days per week, you’ll find yourself with a reliably full battery.

The Resourceful Navigator

Even if you don’t find chargers (yet) at your destination, you’re not out of luck. If you’re an urban driver without a single routine - maybe you’re working from home and mixing in trips around the city - you just need to stay attuned to where and when your path will cross with charging networks.  If you can turn a regular stop into a charging stop a few times a week, you may be set.  

And here’s the good news: it’s going to get easier every day no matter which of these drivers describes you, because more chargers are being installed than ever and the pace is only accelerating.  Keep an eye on Chargeway, Plugshare or other charger maps to see when one drops near you!



Sample Public Charging Station map for Hyundai Kona EV
Chargeway map of public fast charging stations in the San Francisco Bay Area for a Hyundai Kona EV





Can I drive electric if I don’t have my own garage?

It’s a question we get a lot: Can I drive a fully electric car if I don’t have my own garage or driveway to park it in?  

It’s a smart question to ask.  But many people are happily driving electric without being able to charge at home overnight, and making it work.  If you’re motivated - by the desire for a better driving experience, not buying gas, reducing your carbon footprint, or anything else - here’s how to make it work.

The 3 kinds of electric drivers without garages

We see people loving driving electric who come in three stripes based on their lifestyles. 

The Smart Shopper 

Grocery stores, malls and big box stores are some of the places where Fast Charging stations are frequently installed.  This is a perfect combination in our opinion, because in our experience a weekly shopping trip takes about 45-60 minutes.  Which is conveniently the same duration as a full fast charge.  

If you’re not driving a long commute - or not commuting every day - you may easily get through the entire week on a single charge.  By having it coincide with your shopping trips, you’ll get your charging in without crimping your schedule.  Just make sure you’re pulling up to a Fast Charger when you shop.

The Multi-Tasker

A second place where public chargers are becoming common is at business parks and at schools. (These tend to be Level 2 chargers, so a bit slower than Fast Chargers at shopping malls). If you’ve got public chargers at your work or school, that’s just about as good as having one at home. 

Even if you have a moderately long commute - like driving 40-60 miles roundtrip - you’re only going to use a portion of your car’s battery each day.  With a Level 2 charger, as little as 2 hours of charging will refill your battery from the daily commute.  So if you plug in a little each day, or all day on one or two days per week, you’ll find yourself with a reliably full battery.

The Resourceful Navigator

Even if you don’t find chargers (yet) at your destination, you’re not out of luck. If you’re an urban driver without a single routine - maybe you’re working from home and mixing in trips around the city - you just need to stay attuned to where and when your path will cross with charging networks.  If you can turn a regular stop into a charging stop a few times a week, you may be set.  

And here’s the good news: it’s going to get easier every day no matter which of these drivers describes you, because more chargers are being installed than ever and the pace is only accelerating.  Keep an eye on Chargeway, Plugshare or other charger maps to see when one drops near you!



Sample Public Charging Station map for Hyundai Kona EV
Chargeway map of public fast charging stations in the San Francisco Bay Area for a Hyundai Kona EV





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