EV charger in action. PC: Mike from Pexels

The days of range anxiety and lifestyle sacrifices are a thing of the past! Electric vehicles (EVs) frequently out perform gas-powered vehicles. They are quick, quiet and super efficient.

EVs are the future of personal transportation. As the grid gets greener, so does our transportation. 

The Lowdown

Did you know EVs are cheaper to own and operate than gas-powered vehicles? The fuel-cost of driving an EV to go the same distance as a gas powered cousin on one gallon is called an eGallon. The average price for one eGallon in 2019 was $1.20 compared to $2.58 for a gallon of gasoline. In short, electricity is a lot cheaper than gas.

Electric motors do not require oil changes or maintenance on exhaust systems. As a result, the total cost of an EV is a lot lower. Up to %35 lower when maintenance and fuel costs are taken into account.

EV Chargers are everywhere. Have you ever wondered what a cross country road trip looks like in an EV? Tools like Google Maps or Zap-Map can help you optimize your trip. In short, no more range anxiety or wasted time!

Types of EV Chargers

There are three types of EV chargers our right now. Three and a half if you count the Tesla supercharger:

Level 1—Home Charging (~5 miles per hour of charging): Level 1 charging requires a grounded regular three-prong outlet. All EVs and most homes are already equipped to accommodate level 1 charging. It can add about 40 miles of range in an eight-hour charge.

Level 2—Home and Public Charging (~22 miles per hour of charging): Level 2 charging requires a 240V circuit, like the circuit used to power an electric clothes dryer. These are the most common chargers and are found in a growing number of public places. One hundred and eighty miles can typically be added during an eight-hour charge. Level 2 chargers accommodate all EVs except Teslas which require an adapter that comes with the vehicle.

DC Fast Charging—Public Charging (100 – 180 miles per hour of charging): DC fast charging will add 50 to 90 miles in 30 minutes, depending on the station and vehicle. Level 2 charging stations are compatible with most EVs thanks to adapters.

Tesla has their own proprietary rapid charging station. The technology is similar to the DC fast charging station. It will charge a Tesla at a rate of 170 miles per half-hour of charging.

The average price per eGallon in Colorado for 2019 was $1.17, according to energy.gov.