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How to keep the Tesla Model X going for $182 a year – how much you can save on charging costs

DRIVERS are struggling with record-high gas prices – but there is a way to save even more money on gas.

And you don’t even have to be awake.

Many home EV charging stations have off-peak car charging capabilities so you can plug in whenever you want

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Many home EV charging stations have off-peak car charging capabilities so you can plug in whenever you wantPhoto credit: Getty

Most drivers who own or lease an electric vehicle (EV) charge their cars overnight.

Aside from the convenience, charging your car overnight can help generate additional savings during off-peak energy usage.

These early morning off-peak hours are referred to as “consumption rates.”

Charging outside of business hours increases the stability of the power grid and saves you money at the same time.

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Off-peak hours are between 00:00 and 08:00 every day of the year, reports Con Edison.

According to Con Edison, off-peak electricity for electric vehicles costs an average of 1.80¢ per kWh.

If we take the 95 kWh battery capacity of a Tesla Model X and factor in the annual mileage of an average US driver of 13,500 per year, we see that off-peak charging would cost $4.74 per charge and $182 per year .

Charging costs vary depending on the EV model.

You can compare the cost of refueling different electric vehicles using a US Department of Energy vehicle cost calculator.

There are many home chargers that you can program to only charge your car during off-peak hours.

Residents only use Level 1 and Level 2 chargers to power their electric vehicles.

You won’t find a Level 3 charger in the living area due to its 480 volt connection criteria, which prove unsuitable for home use.

Level 2 charging offers 3 to 5 times faster charge rates than Level 1 chargers.

Level 1 chargers come standard with electric car purchases and are compatible with traditional 120V sockets.

Wake up with a full battery and a fuller wallet

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Wake up with a full battery and a fuller walletPhoto credit: Getty

A Level 1 charger can give you an average range of 124 miles in 20 hours, ChargeHub reports.

Today’s national gas average is $4,940 per gallon, up from $3,072 a year ago, AAA reports.

https://www.the-sun.com/motors/5623673/keep-your-car-running-for-182/ How to keep the Tesla Model X going for $182 a year – how much you can save on charging costs

Chris Barrese

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