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.
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.
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.
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.
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