How much will it cost me in electricity to drive an electric car?
Depending upon how much you pay for electricity and the amount of electricity the car will need for re-charging, expect to pay anywhere from $0.56 to $3.18 per charge. Considering, an electric car can go the equivalent of about 2 gallons of gas before it needs re-charging, the cost of electricity is substantially less than the cost of the gas.
We drive a Mitsubishi i MiEV and have done some real tests on recharging and working out how much it costs.
During the summer on a 60 mile run with speeds of 55-60mph it took 6 hours to charge using 14.39 kWh. Our Electricity is 10.55p per kWH so the journey has cost £1.52, which is 2.4p per mile.
sfmetro is correct, however, 2 gallons of gas gets the average gas powered car, what 40 miles... hmmm. Most EV's get about 70 miles (low end) to 150 miles (upper end, Tesla) before needing a recharge. Compared to gasoline, EV's are pennies on the dollar to charge.
I recently wrote what I think is a nice little hub on charge times etc, which will help you to understand a little bit more about EV's their capabilities and if you apply your local utility rate to the battery sizes, will get you the cost.
http://hubpages.com/hub/Electric-Vehicl … -Explained
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