While every person has a different level of interest in cars, everyone can agree that a well-made, brand new, luxurious vehicle will always catch their eye. While electric cars were once just a dream of the future, they are growing in popularity and becoming more affordable. Regional markets are expanding to all areas of the world, and along with the demand comes requiring more charging stations. Let’s explore this new frontier and break down the facts.
No matter which model you select, Tesla cars are known for their speed and high performance. Unique features like a center console that controls everything gives them a sleek and minimalist look. Specialized apps customize the experience, including where to find charging stations. External cameras can even record and detect threats. Advanced driver assistance systems similar to an autopilot provide convenience. The automaker is constantly working on it and developing new features. Teslas are the top dog today, and the major car manufacturers have caught the fever with over 50 new electric car models announced to launch by 2022. Shifting gears to an electric car is more straightforward than most people realize, but it does take a bit of planning. It’s just a matter of getting used to plugs instead of gas pumps and planning for a little extra time to complete the process.
It’s good to start out knowing when it comes to plug-in vehicles is that there are 3 levels of power delivery. Tesla charging station costs can be better understood by separating them into two categories: public charging and home charging. According to the Department of Energy, most plug-in owners charge at home over 80% of the time. Manufacturers recommend that owners do most of their charging at home, seeing as this will save them money while also keeping the charging station free for drivers who are in greater need of a charge. An at-home charging station’s primary operating cost is the driver’s residential electricity rates, with obviously varies by state.
Consumers would love to believe they will always be able to charge from home, but the reality is that’s not always how life works. Whether it be a last-minute meeting, that extra errand, unexpected request, or road trip, owners will have to expect to use a charging station at some point. Tesla Superchargers, located along the electric vehicle network, resemble futuristic gas pumps and supply electrical power. The company has also installed “destination chargers” at hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, coffee shops, parking garages, and other locations. The cost to use this infrastructure depends on your vehicle and when you bought it. The most common payment method is kilowatts per hour, which is tied to the cost of electricity and fluctuates based on electricity markets’ supply and demand. According to Electrek, “Tesla is moving away from its per state/region pricing structure to implement a per station pricing structure to get more comprehensive prices based on local electricity rates and demand charges.” Be assured, the cost of Supercharging is still less than gas prices. At a Tesla charging station where billing at kw/hour is impossible, Tesla applies a billing-per-minute model. The cost can vary by location and change throughout the day. In addition to the direct charging fees, Tesla also might impose an idle fee should your vehicle linger in its station after being fully charged.
Another simple, fast, and inexpensive way to charge your electric vehicle at home is smart chargers. These chargers allow you to optimize charging sessions, reduce energy bills, power share, and schedule charging through an app. One Tesla owner raves, “I am extremely pleased with my new JuiceBox. My requirement for a charging station on the market was that I wanted something that would be capable of charging a Tesla in an acceptable amount of time, is rated for indoor/outdoor use, and is also small enough to fit in the trunk when I’m on the road. It has performed flawlessly and I couldn’t be happier with the range of options it provides to owners.”
Tesla has the most loyal followers when compared to other brands. Tesla cars are known for their speed and high performance. Business Insider notes analysts have estimated that Tesla’s on track to produce nearly 500,000 vehicles by the end of 2020, in line with the company’s guidance. So open your mind to the future. Your wallet and the environment will thank you.
Plus, you’ll look stylishly smart doing it.