October 26, 2020

Charging an EV Has Never Been Easier

California - the land of beaches, palm trees, and the largest number of public charging stations in the country. And that means you never have to worry about running out of range.
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Photo credit: electrek.co

If you’re concerned about running out of juice, don’t be! California is home to the most public charging stations in the country, including nearly 10,000 DC (direct-current) fast charging ports.

While it’s easiest to charge your EV at home, sometimes an extended drive requires charging on the road. Most late-model EVs come with the ability the fast charge – usually at 50 kilowatts (kW) or above. This means you can add about 50 miles of range in less than 30 minutes. Often, this is more than enough to get you to your destination. A full charge can take just about an hour depending on your vehicle and the charging station.

Companies like EVgo and Electrify America are constantly adding new charging stations to their networks. If you’re curious to see how many stations are near you, simply enter your address into PlugShare. For rideshare and other gig drivers, stations are usually conveniently located near airports, urban centers, and along highways.

DC Fast Chargers (orange) and Level 2 chargers (green) near Sacramento. Source: Plugshare

Prices can vary from charging network to charging network. That said, even a high-priced EV charging station is less expensive than filling up your car with gas.

To learn more about California’s charging networks, please visit EVgo, Electrify America, and Plugshare.

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