For most people, home is the primary option for charging an electric vehicle with either a level 1 charger, which can be plugged into a standard outlet, or by installing a faster Level 2 charger. Most EV owners charge overnight, in some cases taking advantage of lower electricity rates. That means you wake up every morning with a full battery.
Several charging station installation programs are currently available for the owners of multifamily dwellings. If you reside in an apartment or condo, consider discussing charging station opportunities with your property manager.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answer depends on the electricity costs in your area and the fuel efficiency of the EV, which is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles. The following example will give you a general idea: Let’s say electricity costs are $0.25 per kWh in your service area, and your EV requires 33 kWh to travel 100 miles. That translates into approximately $0.08 per mile or $16.50 to charge a 200 mile-range EV.
It’s easier than you might think. We suggest simply communicating with your landlord to jumpstart the conversation. Be sure to mention your concerns for the environment and your inability to charge your EV at home. You may be pleasantly surprised by the response—and the gratitude of your EV-driving neighbors! National Grid has programs to help landlords and property owners. For more information, visit the Upstate NY or Massachusetts website.
There are many types of EV chargers for your home. Three key considerations are safety, charging management capabilities, and available rebates.
- Safety: Whatever you use, make sure your charger is safe and is tested for safety from UL, CSA, Intertek, or some other recognized testing laboratory. You should avoid chargers that are not tested for safety, including some chargers available online.
- Charging Functionality: Some charging equipment is simple in that it only provides electricity to the EV. Some charging equipment is internet connected, providing you helpful features, including the ability to optimize your charging. The latter charging equipment requires a cellular or Wi-Fi network for all functionality to be operational.
- National Grid now offers programs where you can save money on your electric bill if you enroll your compatible EV or internet-connected charger.