QOTD: How Do You Charge Your EV?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Yesterday we noted that charging EVs in public, at least in the UK, costs more than charging EVs via home chargers.

Today, we're wondering -- how do you charge your EV?

If you own an EV or PHEV, do you charge at home? Is that even an option for you where you live? Similarly, if you don't own an EV, is your potential home charging setup -- or lack thereof -- factoring into the potential purchase of an EV or PHEV?

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • AKHusky AKHusky on Mar 23, 2023

    L2 charger at home. My wife’s workplace has a couple of chargers and she is able to use one about half the time. Our town also has a number of free chargers and I use those occasionally if I’m going to be parked in that vicinity for at least an hour anyway.

  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Mar 23, 2023

    Battery trickle charger. My EV is a 12 ft. aluminum boat with a Minn Kota.

  • Probert Probert on Mar 23, 2023

    I have used both level one and level 2 charging at my house. I use this for local needs.

    I have a fairly regular 350 mile round trip. I charge after about 125 miles one way, at a level 3 at a KIA dealer. I could do it in a straight shot, but this leaves me plenty of reserve if I need it in the city.

    I charge at the same place on the way out, adding about 40%, and I'm home free.

    A number of chargers have opened since I got the Niro 2 years ago, so I have a fair amount of flexibility on this route. I have used EA chargers on the route, and also a handy, and friendly Harley dealer charger.

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    • Probert Probert on Mar 31, 2023

      Not for mine- a 2019 Niro - but they may have offers for newer cars. But it is usually unoccupied and it is well maintained.

  • Prabirmehta Prabirmehta on Mar 23, 2023

    I charge my EV at home 100% of the time. The EV is used for in-town driving and the gas guzzling SUV is used for out of town trips. This results in a huge cost saving and rare trips to the gas station.

    • Prabirmehta Prabirmehta on Mar 23, 2023

      I forgot that I sometimes charge my EV at the grocery store since it offers up front EV parking with free charging. Also, I have L1 charging at home and L2 charging at my second home.