One great benefit of driving Kia electric car is never having to visit the gas station. Instead, it needs to be charged, which is (luckily) something you can do at home using a standard wall outlet. But will this increase your electric bill?
The Truth About Charging an EV
The short answer is yes — charging your EV at home will increase total power usage. As a result, you will likely see an increase in your electric bill. This is to be expected, and it’s no different than having an additional electric appliance regularly plugged in and in use.
But it’s not all bad news! While your electric bill will increase a bit, you’ll no longer be spending time and (much more) money at gas stations. Plus, you’ll be doing the environment a major favor.
How Much Will My Electric Bill Increase?
Several factors will determine your power usage and cost. The first is the EV model you drive, since some are more electrically efficient than others. You can determine this using kWh, or kilowatt hours per 100 miles. Determine how many kWH is required to charge your EV’s battery to a 100-mile capacity to learn its efficiency — the less kWH required, the less your electricity bill will increase.
The other factor to consider is the cost per kWH where you live. In California, the cost is about 14 cents per kWh. For reference, this will cost EV owners around $4 for every 100-miles of electric charge. With fuel prices at an all-time high, this is far more cost-effective compared to a conventional automobile.
Find Efficient EVs at Folsom Lake Kia
The Kia EV6 is the brand’s EV m
odel. Check it out at Folsom Lake Kia. We’ll be happy to answer all of your EV ownership questions.
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