When owning an electric vehicle, many people are wondering if the most convenient and cheapest solution is to charge their car at home or at a public station. In this article, we want to compare the perks of both options.
When do I start to save money with a home charging station?
When thinking about buying a home charging station, you might ask yourself at which point you will actually start to save some money in comparison to charging your electric car at a public station.
This question cannot be answered easily. The question depends on the energy prices, the prices for public charging and the energy consumption of the specific driver and its electric vehicle.
To get a feeling for the question we want to give you to examples for calculation the breakeven point.
The first example is for a driver who drives 60 km a day on average.
The graphic shows the costs of charging at home and in public. The investment for a charging station is assumed with 500 $. We see, that after little less than 4 years the user starts to save money when charging at home.
The second example is for a driver who drives 100 km a day on average.
We can see that the EV owner with a high daily driving has equalized his invest after almost 2 and a half years.
In general, we can say, that the lower the energy price for charging at home is and the higher your daily consumption for charging is, the faster the invest for a home charging station is reasonable.
Public charging infrastructure
First of all, you should check the status of the publicly accessible charging infrastructure in the area you’re living in. Indeed, we can notice an expansion of charging points but infrastructures still need to improve accessibility for the general public.
Some operators of public charging stations give the opportunity to find charging stations in different areas. When you plan to rely on public charging stations, you should ensure, that the given infrastructure allows different charging options for you.
Charging public is a convenient option to charge while on the way.
When you consider relying entirely on public charging on a daily basis you should keep in mind that some points can hardly be planed.
If a public station is out of order or other EV owners are using the station, it is hard to stick to your charging plan.
With a home charging station, you have the option to charge at exactly the time you planned to and you can ensure, that no other car is blocking your charging station. But charging at home requires an investment.
The examples we have calculated, show a rather conservative approach to define the breakeven point.
The breakeven depends on your average driving distance and the energy market.
Calculating the charging costs is only one step in deciding if a home charging station is reasonable for your situation.
The comfort of charging at home is hard to compare with the invest in a home charging station.
If you think about buying a home charging station, we recommend you to read our guide to buy the right home charging station for your electric car.