RonDawg wrote:I've got a feeling the OP is trolling. The title is asking how much it would cost to charge, then the next statement is how it's "not good" for a car to be charging for 8 hours.
Yep. And no mention of "cost" anywhere in the post.
And, like most people who do not own an EV, the post focused on the time required to charge a 30 kWh LEAF from empty to full. In reality, our 2011 LEAF charges for 3.5 hours each night at 3.3 kW to fully recharge for my wife's 50-mile RT commute. That means that her commute each day uses about 11.5 kWh of electricity, which costs US$1.38 at our utility's rate of US$0.12/kWh. It likely uses a bit more in wintertime: perhaps about US$1.50 worth of fuel. Commuting cost on the coldest days may approach US$2.00, including preheating.
Our 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid can make that same trip on almost exactly one gallon of fuel (long-term average mileage is 49.2 MPG), which currently costs US$2.50 for the ethanol-free grade that we use.
Finally, MOST of our LEAF's fuel is provided by the PV array on our roof which is basically pre-paid fuel for the next 20 years or so. Exactly what percent of her annual commuting costs are already covered by the PV array depends on the weather over the course of the year. Normally, the array will provide for all of the house's consumption and about 2/3 of the LEAF's consumption.