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Which EV charging stations are free?

Which EV charging stations are free?

Sadly no charging stations offer free charging for your electric car. Tesla has in two larger periods offered free supercharging for new purchases of its Tesla Model S and Model X, but they don’t anymore.

While electricity is actually becoming cheaper and cheaper other car brands or charging brands will likely offer large discounts or even make charging free in the future.

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Will the Tesla Cyber Truck have free charging?

Not very likely as the Cyber Truck will actually be a pretty cheap deal when it comes to market. Elon Musk has also stated that the deal with free supercharging on Model S and Model X was a mistake, people are buying Teslas no matter what, and right now it just seems like a desperate move to make rather than an intelligent market move.

“Sorry, it’s not really sustainable at volume production and doesn’t incentivize optimal behaviour. We probably should have ended this earlier.”

Elon Musk

How to find cheap chargers for your electric car

Using a third-party tool other than your build-in-the-map is a great way to find cheaper charging opportunities.

I’ve used Plugsurfing for years now and it just works. They also have very good transparency with prices which is what we are after.

The cheapest way you can charge your EV

The cheapest way is to actually charge at home. If you choose to charge your EV at a charging station, they’ll take overhead over the standard prices on electricity so they can cover their own costs associated with operating the station.

When you are choosing to charge at home any way you might as well do it when the electricity prices are low.

24 hour electricity price
Graph: Electricity prices over 24 hours. (Source: Researchgate.)

If you take a look at the graph above, the blue line indicates the pricing of electricity through 24 hours. The electricity reaches it the lowest point around 2-4 AM and it’s highest at about 3-5 PM.

The electricity price is fluctuating very much depending on the demand. If you think about it, it actually makes sense.

You see the prices are rising throughout the day because people are using more appliances, more factories are operating, people are cooking. In general, think about your electricity usage. I bet that you, just like me, are using the most electricity between 3 and 7 PM.

If you choose to charge through the night only, you’ll save a significant amount of money over time.

So the best advice I can give you on finding the cheapest charging station is actually; charge at home as frequently as possible and charge it overnight instead of plugging it in straight when you get home from work.

Author: Morten Pradsgaard

Morten has been working with technology, IoT, and electronics for over a decade. His passion for technology is reflected in this blog to give you relevant and correct information.

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