Where to find electric vehicle charging prices: Roadshow

Q: It’s very easy to find the price of charging (which varies considerably). The very helpful PlugShare app gives locations, types of chargers, and cost for stations.

Pam Sherwood, Palo Alto

A: A Roadshow reader, Lou, is considering an EV and wondered how drivers know the price before charging vehicles.

Q: Everything Lou needs to know about the price of charging an EV is on an app. There are several charging networks: ChargePoint, EVgo, PowerFlex, Chargeway. Choose one that works for you and where you would normally charge/travel, although most of these networks cooperate with each other by charging roaming rates.

Charging the EV at home is always your best bet, although there are some free commercial stations. Charging an EV in California is expensive, like everything else. Typical commercial charge station off-peak rates are 45 cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh) or higher now. In Florida where I am regularly on business, I always rent electric and pay 30 cents/kWh at FPL, a network well-placed over most of the state.

Chris Verbil

A: And…

Q: is crowd-sourced data, so it is good, but not guaranteed. Some charging networks (e.g. ChargePoint) also display pricing on their app or website.

Ben White, San Jose

A: And…

Q: The part of I use most is the map that shows all charging stations available to the public. For each location, the number of charging stations is shown, along with what type of connection each station supports and the prices. There are also check-in reports from recent users that provide helpful information about that location.

Jerry Pohorsky

A: Finally, for today…

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