Mar 14, 2024 - Transit

The price of an EV charge in Massachusetts

Average EV charging station prices, January 2024
Data: Stable Auto; Note: Does not include Tesla charging stations; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

It costs an average of $0.52 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to charge an electric car at a public charging station in Massachusetts, Axios Pro: Climate Deals' Alan Neuhauser reports from data gathered by Stable Auto, an EV charger software developer.

  • That's 14.4% higher compared to the national average of $0.45 per kWh.

Context: A typical EV with 300 miles of range usually takes about 75-100 kWh to go from empty to full.

The big picture: Charging an electric vehicle costs three times as much at a public charging site in West Virginia than in Nebraska — a gap that suggests EV charging companies are still figuring out how to price a top-off.

Zoom in: Massachusetts, West Virginia, Connecticut, Arizona, and Kentucky have the most expensive charging stations, according to Stable's survey of about 9,000 level three fast-charging stations in January.

  • Prices there ranged from $0.52 to $0.54 per kilowatt-hour.
  • Nebraska, Mississippi, Iowa, North Dakota, and Kansas were the cheapest, with prices spanning $0.17 to $0.31.

What's happening: Charging networks such as Electrify America, EVgo, and ChargePoint consider a host of factors in setting their charging price — not least the local electricity rate.

What we're watching: More networks in the past six months have started adopting Tesla's variable pricing model, which accounts for the site location, time of day, and amount of power a station is delivering.

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