Public EV chargers are still cheaper than gas

March 14, 2023

Two recent letters to the Gazette pointed out some of the challenges with electric vehicles, like I own. I enjoy the convenience of charging at home, which is where almost all EV owners charge up. Yes, there are many people who do not have a driveway or garage where they can charge, but one solution for them is to go to a public charging station, which is what gasoline cars always have to do. 

Yes, some fast public chargers cost more than charging at home, but electricity is cheap compared to gasoline, which goes way up and down in price. My home electricity costs about a third of the cost of gasoline, mile for mile, so even at public charging stations, electric fuel is still cheaper than gasoline. And many shopping malls or coffee shops offer free charging to attract people to shop there. I used to ask my employer, before I retired, if I could charge at work. Sure, they said. It was a cheap benefit that many employers can offer to visitors or employees. The parking lot in downtown Rehoboth Beach has multiple charging ports and I have never seen anyone having to wait for a charge. 

Range? My Chevy Bolt gets around 250 miles on a charge, which is more than I need for my trips other than when I went hiking in Maine last summer. Then I stopped at fast charging stations every 150 miles to charge up, hit the john, got a beverage, shot the breeze with other EV owners, had a laugh and then hit the road again. 

I charge my home and EVs with the solar panels on my roof. I urge readers to do the same to help save our planet from overheating, and save money at the same time!

Charlie Garlow
Rehoboth Beach 


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