Driving & Charging

How much does it cost to charge at a public EV charging station?

Public charging stations for your EV are becoming ubiquitous all the time and are easy to use. Even without access to charging at home you’ll still save money on gas driving an electric car.

How much does it cost to charge at a public EV charging station?

Just about every electric car driving periodically stops at a public charging station.  If you live in an apartment building or do a lot of road trips, you might make frequent stops at charging stations.  We show you here how much it costs to charge at one.

Different EV charging networks have slightly different pricing

Just like gas prices vary by location, different charging networks have different costs.  We’ll look here at Electrify America rates but EVGo, Tesla Superchargers and other charging networks have similar costs. 

Getting electricity from a public charger costs more than at home, because these companies need to cover the cost of the station.  They also have to pay the utility more to draw lots of electricity at once. (How much electricity?  If you’re charging at a medium-fast rate of 100 kilowatts, that’s about as much electricity as 25 residential air conditioners going full blast!)

Comparing at-home EV charging with public station EV charging

Let’s compare that New York Mustang Mach-E driver using an Electrify America station versus charging at home. (Rates for other networks, like EVGo and Tesla Superchargers, are similar).  Let’s assume that the Mach-E driver has signed up for the Electrify America Pass and charges once per week while they’re getting groceries.


*Assuming 4 Fast Charging stops per month, for an average cost of $1.00 per battery charge from the Monthly Fee


At first, this looks like a worse deal - more than twice as much!  But it’s still worth comparing to gas to see just how much better it is.

Comparing public station EV charging with filling up a tank of gas

Let’s compare this to the cost of gas for a regular Mustang at about 25 miles per gallon.  At $3.50 a gallon, you’ll pay $55 to fill the tank, meaning gas is still about 50% more expensive than Electrify America charging. And you’ll only be able to go about 1% more than the Mach-E’s range. 

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How much does it cost to charge at a public EV charging station?

Just about every electric car driving periodically stops at a public charging station.  If you live in an apartment building or do a lot of road trips, you might make frequent stops at charging stations.  We show you here how much it costs to charge at one.

Different EV charging networks have slightly different pricing

Just like gas prices vary by location, different charging networks have different costs.  We’ll look here at Electrify America rates but EVGo, Tesla Superchargers and other charging networks have similar costs. 

Getting electricity from a public charger costs more than at home, because these companies need to cover the cost of the station.  They also have to pay the utility more to draw lots of electricity at once. (How much electricity?  If you’re charging at a medium-fast rate of 100 kilowatts, that’s about as much electricity as 25 residential air conditioners going full blast!)

Comparing at-home EV charging with public station EV charging

Let’s compare that New York Mustang Mach-E driver using an Electrify America station versus charging at home. (Rates for other networks, like EVGo and Tesla Superchargers, are similar).  Let’s assume that the Mach-E driver has signed up for the Electrify America Pass and charges once per week while they’re getting groceries.


*Assuming 4 Fast Charging stops per month, for an average cost of $1.00 per battery charge from the Monthly Fee


At first, this looks like a worse deal - more than twice as much!  But it’s still worth comparing to gas to see just how much better it is.

Comparing public station EV charging with filling up a tank of gas

Let’s compare this to the cost of gas for a regular Mustang at about 25 miles per gallon.  At $3.50 a gallon, you’ll pay $55 to fill the tank, meaning gas is still about 50% more expensive than Electrify America charging. And you’ll only be able to go about 1% more than the Mach-E’s range. 

Want to figure out if you can make EV driving work for you? Take our EV Readiness Quiz!


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