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How to keep the Tesla Model X running for $182 a year – how much your EV can save in charging costs

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.

Plenty of at-home EV charging stations have features where the car won’t begin charging until off-peak hours hit, so you can plug in anytimeCredit: Getty

Most drivers that own or lease an electric vehicle (EV) charge their cars overnight.

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. 



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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.

If we take a Tesla Model X’s 95 kWh battery capacity and consider the average US driver’s annual mileage of 13,500 a year, we see that off-peak charging would cost $4.74 per charge and $182 per year.

Charging costs will vary between EV models.

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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.

Wake up to a full-battery and a fuller walletCredit: Getty

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.