When considering an EV, some people have what is called "range anxiety," or fear of running out of charge before reaching their destination. Those with Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles don't need to worry about range at all, as they have the gasoline engine as a back-up. Range anxiety is decreasing for all EV drivers as battery capacities increase and more publicly available charging stations are installed. Understanding options for charging will help ease those fears further.
Electricity Costs for Charging
Fueling with electricity is much less expensive than fueling with gasoline, but it is not free. Fueling costs for an EV will include a slight increase in your home electric bill, plus any fees you may be charged at publicly available charging stations. Many public stations, including those owned by Sarasota County remain free as an incentive to support electric transportation, but some do charge a fee, usually per hour of active charging. The U.S. Department of Energy's vehicle cost calculator allows you to compare purchase and fuel costs of conventional and electric vehicles.