Charging your Electric Vehicle

Unlike gasoline-powered cars, EV drivers can refuel in the comfort of their own home. Just pull in, plug in, and relax! Even with a standard 3-prong outlet, electric vehicles can recharge overnight. On average, Americans drive 30 miles each day, well within typical EV capabilities. However, charging infrastructure is rapidly growing, with over 3,200 DC fast charging outlets in Georgia alone. Government grants are also available to help initiate fast chargers in public centers and places of employment to ease range anxiety and ensure a full charge.

Types of Chargers

Level 1

  • 4 to 6 miles of range per hour of charging
  • 120 volts
  • 1.4 to 1.9 kW
  • Typical 3 prong outlet
  • 8 to 12 hours for full charge

Level 2

  • 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging
  • 240 volts
  •  2.5 to 19.2 kW
  • Requires installation and cannot be transported
  • 4 to 6 hours for full charge

Level 3 (DC Fast Charging)

  • 150-500 miles of ranage per hour of charging
  • 480 volts
  • <90 kW
  • Not available for home installation, usually found along highways and roadside
  • CHAdeMO or CCS chargers
  • Full charge in about 30 minutes

How much does charging cost?

Georgia’s electricity rate is currently around $0.12 kWh (kilowatt-hour). This means charging at a level 2 port with 6.6 kW capability would cost $0.79 per hour of charging. Electricity rates are far more stable than gas prices and have even slightly dropped in Georgia over the past 5 years. Can you imagine filling up for under $5?

Locating Public Stations

There are plenty of websites and apps to locate charging stations no matter where you are. PlugShare, ChargePoint, EVgo, ChargeHub, ChargeWay, Charge Map, and Tesla are just the start of the list of station locators. Check out the U.S.  Department of Energy’s interactive map below to see where the closest outlets are in your town!

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