What you need to know about charging your electric car

What you need to know about charging your electric car

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Where can I charge my EV?

You can charge your EV almost anywhere there is a wall socket in close proximity to your car, however you’ll need to have time on your hands. Dedicated fast superchargers are continually being installed at shopping centres, petrol stations and highway rest stops across the country. Check out this charging map to see what’s available around you or on your next road trip.

How much does it cost to recharge an electric car?

This depends on several factors; primarily the type of charger and where it’s located. Some chargers work on a flat fee, others charge per Kw, while others are free or subsidised by the operator. It’s best to check before ‘plugging in’ but it’ll often be cheaper than a full tank of petrol. If you’re plugging into a Tesla-branded Supercharger, then it’ll set you back approx. $37to charge your Model 3 for 500km of range .

What about charging at home?

If you’re charging at home using a level 1 or 2 charger, the cost will depend on the time of day (peak vs off-peak) and your current plan with your electricity provider.

If your power is billed at 30c per kWh, you’ll be looking at roughly $22.50 to fully recharge a Tesla Model 3 long range with a 75kw battery at home.

Are all electric vehicle chargers the same?

There are three different categories of electric car chargers, defined by the amount of power they deliver to your vehicle and the time taken to recharge1.

Level 1:
2.4-3.7kw Standard Wall Chargers

This is the most universally available way to charge your EV: straight into your standard wall socket. However, the drawback for this convenience is that charging can be slow to fully recharge your EV, only charging on average 10-20km of range per hour.

Level 2:
7kw Dedicated Home Chargers

The next step up is an enhanced at home charger (also referred to as a Level 2 Charger or Wall Box), that can deliver roughly 30-45km of range per hour. These charges work much quicker than plugging into your standard electrical outlet due to the specialist installation and equipment provided with the charger, and must be installed in your garage by a licenced electrician.

Level 3 & 4:
50-350kw Superchargers

You may have heard of ‘superchargers’ from brands, such as MG and Tesla being installed at petrol stations, shopping centres, and along motorways across the country. These involve dedicated infrastructure and can provide your EV with anywhere from 250-1000km range per hour. Perfect for topping up your battery while grabbing a coffee and lunch on a longer road trip – or even while you’re popping in to do the groceries.

1 Transport for NSW

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