Great forum - very useful discussions going on around here.
I am very new to this - I do not yet have a LEAF.
A question for your reactions if I may:
At my local train commuter station there are a few parking lot spaces available for electric cars and they include charging stations. The machine says they cost $2.50 (Canadian) to use.
With no background in this, I currently have no sense of cost for electricity. Is that a "good" deal? Is that about what it would cost to get a full charge by plugging in to my home?
I appreciate electricity rates vary widely and I gather different batteries cost more to charge up than others. And there's probably more variables than that too. But does that price jump out at anybody? As in, "I would never do that", or "I would do that every day!". I almost never see these charging stations being used.
(Also, I certainly do appreciate that this is superior to filling up at a gas pump!)
Many thanks for your thoughts!
Hello and welcome!
As a general rule, charging at home is the cheapest. This isn’t universal, but is true for most.
If you can dig out your last electric bill that should show you a cost/kWh. If you have anything else expressed in cost/kWh add that as well. These could be things such as delivery fees.
Each utility can handle that differently and I have no idea how Canadian utilities handle that.
As for the cost at the train station, typically charge costs are given in a cost/time or cost/kWh. It is possible that is a flat charge to park there for any length of time?
If it is 2.50/kWh that is outrageously high. I’d be shocked if that were the pricing scheme. It is still high for a cost/hour, but not as bad depending upon the car you have.
If it is a flat rate, it depends how much charging you can do while you are parked there. If you only drove 5km to get there and only need 1kWh to charge the car, that is very expensive. If you need 40kWh of charge, that is pretty cheap
If you can give us some more details about your home cost of electricity and/or the cost structure at the train station, I am sure someone can help with more specifics.