DRIVERS are battling record-high gas prices—but there’s a way to save more money filling up your car.
And you don’t even have to be awake.
Convenience aside, charging your car overnight can help unlock extra savings during off-peak energy usage.
These off-peak early morning hours are known as “special time-of-use rates.
Off-hour charging adds higher levels of stability to the electrical grid and saves you money along the way.
Off-peak hours are between 12am-8am, every day, year-round, Con Edison reports.
EV electricity during off-peak times costs an average of ¢1.80 per kWh, according to Con Edison.
Charging costs will vary between EV models.
Most read in Motors
You can compare the cost of refueling different EVs with a Vehicle Cost Calculator from the US Department of Energy.
There are plenty of at-home chargers that you can program to exclusively charge your car during off-peak times.
Residents exclusively use Level 1 and Level 2 chargers to power their EVs.
You’re not going to find a Level 3 charger in a residential space due to its 480-volt connection criteria that prove unsuitable for home use.
Level 2 charging provides 3 to 5 times faster-charging rates than Level 1 chargers.
Level 1 chargers arrive standard with electric car purchases and are compatible with conventional 120V outlets.
A Level 1 charger can give you an average of a 124-mile range in 20 hours, ChargeHub reports.
Today’s national gas average is $4.940 per gallon, up from $3.072 a year ago, AAA reports.