Why DC Quick Charging Stations Charge So Much — And What Some Of The Solutions To This May Be…

Unless you’re someone who enjoys free, unlimited use of Tesla Superchargers or happens to be a recently converted electric car owner with one of the various ‘free to charge’ access cards that automakers like Nissan and BMW have been handing out to new customers, the chances are that if you own an electric car you’re more than a little familiar with how expensive public DC quick charging stations are to use.

Yes, there are a few decent deals out there — I’m on one myself, which charges just under twenty dollars a month for all the quick charging sessions I can use — but for the most part, stopping at a public DC quick charging station is damned expensive.

And unfortunately, due to the way in which these DC quick charging stations are built, are owned and operated, that’s not going to change any time soon.

Find out why — and what a possible solution to this issue would be — in the video above. And if you’d like to see an example of one solution in action, be sure to check out this article on the subject.

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  • Jeff Laurence

    A secret of mine is to stop at a electric car dealership for a DC charge. They often charge a minimal fee. ($2/1hour) Twenty minutes is enough for an eighty percent charge.

  • jheartney

    We’re kind of on the sidelines for this, as our Leaf S has no fast charger. We always charge at home (even the occasional daytime top-off), and when we got the car (a used 2013), I always assumed it would only be for local trips. Even if we had a fast charge plug, I wouldn’t attempt long trips in this vehicle; too much hassle. From my point of view, the fast-charging situation is still unsettled, with CCS vs. CHAdeMO vs. Tesla Supercharging still battling it out, and whatever you choose you could end up like a BetaMax or an HD-DVD owner; saddled to an orphan tech solution. The issues outlined in the video (costly electricity charges due to the fact that electricity networks don’t yet “get” auto fast-charging) are just more on top.

    We’ll probably be a few years waiting for the federal government to be wrested from the hands of troglodytes before we get any useful regulatory help with any of this. I imagine there’ll be some combination of less punitive rates combined with local battery storage, along with an eventual shakeout of the charging format issue, before we can get a decent fast-charging infrastructure in place. The good news is however much it costs, it’ll be a lot less than trying to set up a hydrogen refueling network from scratch.