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Cost to recharge your EV vehicle

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Cost to recharge your EV vehicle

I know this topic was probably previously brought up, but I wanted to know the figures on how much it would cost to recharge an EV compared to putting gas in a low economical car. Would it be more efficient if you have a home charger? If you do have a home charger, when is the best time to charge (since it will eat your electricity bill). Do most gas stations have EV charge capabilities? I am considering this for my wife as she only drives to Airport for work and small grocery shopping here and there.

Thanks in advance!
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Here is the thread you're looking for: everything-about-evs-1515791/

But to briefly answer your questions. It'll probably cost you 1/4 to 1/5th of what you pay for gas. Yes having a home charger is almost necessary. Some cars can accept a regular outlet but it would take longer. I think retrofitting your garage outlet with something stronger? would charge it faster. Depending on where you live it is usually cheaper to charge at off peak hours... ie. after 7-8PM. Most gas stations do not do EV charging. You'd be there forever. What you would be looking for are parking lots fitted with EV charging.
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How far is the airport from your home? If it's not that far an EV may not be worth it compared to a budget car. The price difference alone will not make up in the gas saving you'll get in an EV.

I use to spend $400/mth in gas, but with an EV my monthly electricity bill went up by about $40/mth.
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Thanks for the input guys, tbh Airport is not that far from my house (15mins). Well now that I come to think of it, we will probably go with a hybrid car. Because I definitely do not want my wife to look around for ways to charge the car, and as they say.. Happy wife equals happy life..lol So now I am looking at Lexus CT200h instead since it offers both hybrid and gas (1.8L 4Cyl. engine). Thanks once again for clearing my doubt guys, gave both of you a thumbs up!
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Make sure you run the costs of the two options -- gas and hybrid -- through a calc. that accounts for gas (reg vs premium), mileage, split (city vs highway) to see after how many years, the premium is worth it.

Although in gallons re SUVs, you can play with the excel sheet at:

https://robservatory.com/the-lack-of-ec ... brid-suvs/
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The Volt has a 400km range... you can run errands all day without recharging.

If you only have a 120v outlet, you can expect 5-6km per hour of charge, so charging for 12 hours each day will replenish about 60-70km of use. If you do more than that each day, then you won't be able to fully replenish the battery each day, but you might be able to catch it up on weekend. Most people buy an L2 charger since it's a small part of the overall cost and gives them the confidence of a full battery each day.

Lots of shopping malls and grocery stores have chargers, so that helps out.

The only people that might have trouble with pure EV are the people who go on frequent long road trips. But even then, most people don't want to drive more than 400km per day, and if they do, they can stop for food at an L3 charger and get a full charge in an hour or so.
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electric is about 10~20% cost of gas, once you get over the range problem that is.
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I've had a focus ev for about a month now and we have done about 2000km on the car. It's not winer time, but at this point range anxiety has not been an issue and we frequently drive from Newmarket to the downtown core. The one day we came home with the least amount of km left (about 30) we went from Vaughan to Newmarket to Markham to Toronto and lastly to Vaughan. The AC was on for 80% of the trips, we turned it off on the last leg just in case. We probably didn't have to.

In terms of electricity use, before the ev we used about 450kw a month, the last 30 days we have used about 800. With devilry costs that's about $40 in extra electricity.
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xrvr wrote:
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Gas car costs $12 to drive 100km? That car seems very inefficient. My car would cost about $6 to travel 100km (based on gas price of $1.10).
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crystallight wrote:
Oct 8th, 2017 1:40 pm
Gas car costs $12 to drive 100km? That car seems very inefficient. My car would cost about $6 to travel 100km (based on gas price of $1.10).
5.5 litres per 100km? what kinda car? econobox? 11 litres per 100km would be average for a midsize sedan like the Camry. my 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is getting horrible gas mileage, average 15 litres per 100km!
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crystallight wrote:
Oct 8th, 2017 1:40 pm
Gas car costs $12 to drive 100km? That car seems very inefficient. My car would cost about $6 to travel 100km (based on gas price of $1.10).
I respectfully disagree with your comment. At $6 per 100 based on $1.10 / litre, you're car does 5L / 100 km - very few cars are that economical (A Toyota Prius barely beats it). A car like a Civic probably averages 8.5L / 100km. Most vehicles are above 10L / 100km so the sign is pretty accurate.

Actually, just to support my comment, according to NRCAN (http://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/9 ... 16bf24dd64), the average new car available for sale in 2017 is 10.87 L / 100 km ($11.97 per 100km at a price of $1.10 / litre).
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aximrocks wrote:
Oct 8th, 2017 10:33 pm
5.5 litres per 100km? what kinda car? econobox? 11 litres per 100km would be average for a midsize sedan like the Camry. my 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan is getting horrible gas mileage, average 15 litres per 100km!
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Oct 8th, 2017 10:40 pm
I respectfully disagree with your comment. At $6 per 100 based on $1.10 / litre, you're car does 5L / 100 km - very few cars are that economical (A Toyota Prius barely beats it). A car like a Civic probably averages 8.5L / 100km. Most vehicles are above 10L / 100km so the sign is pretty accurate.

Actually, just to support my comment, according to NRCAN (http://open.canada.ca/data/en/dataset/9 ... 16bf24dd64), the average new car available for sale in 2017 is 10.87 L / 100 km ($11.97 per 100km at a price of $1.10 / litre).
$6.49 for my Elantra. My fuelly account says I average 5.9L/100km.
But I didn't realize that most vehicles average about twice that. That seems a lot to me.
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My PriusV averaging 6.5L/100km, Audi Q7 averaging 16L/100km.

So, 10-12L/100km is accurate for most cars.
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I was averaging $10/100km with a gas vehicle some years back, and then dropped to $6/100km with a TDI when I was commuting. Now with my EV it's about $2/100km (not to mention other savings from no need for oil changes and other services).

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