Ok, So What Does It Cost to Charge at a Fast Charger?

By Paul Gipe

EVgo, Blink, Electrify America, ChargePoint and others offer DC Fast Charging (DCFC). Each bills differently for a charge. Some charge a connection fee and a fee per kWh. Others just charge per kWh. And those charges may vary around the country.

Last year we paid from $0.40 to $0.70 per kWh delivered to the car here in California. Our average for the year was about $0.50 per kWh. We find that a reasonable price for a necessary service.

Some people may complain that those charges are far more than what they pay at home. That’s true. But at home you’re only charging at 240 volts at up to 40 amps. At a fast-charging station you’re charging at 400 volts and at 125 amps–or more. And all that is at DC. Someone has to pay for all the equipment necessary to do that, as well as install it, and to service it. This costs money and someone has to pay for it.