How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?

By Product Expert | Posted in EV, FAQs, VW ID.4 on Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at 9:26 pm
2021 ID.4 next to recharging station

Volkswagen Answers More Common EV Questions

You’ve probably seen headlines in the news recently about electric vehicle companies with skyrocketing stock prices. Similarly, more and more auto companies are showing interest in producing well-made, affordable all-electric vehicles.

Today, we’ll be answering two big questions about EVs: “How much does it cost to charge and EV?” and “Aren’t EVs more expensive than regular cars?”


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How Much Does It Cost to Charge an EV?

2021 ID.4 driving on mountain road

To completely charge the VW ID.4 at home will cost about $10 (at the average US price of $0.13/KWh). The VW ID.4 has a 250-mile range. That’s only $10 for 250 miles in range. For comparison, the 2020 Tiguan has a range of 443 miles and a 15.3-gallon fuel tank that costs about $33 to fill from empty (at average US gas price of $2.17/gal). Mile for mile, the 2020 Tiguan costs around 1.5 times as much to drive. For many people, operating cost is a deciding factor in which vehicle they buy. By that metric, the VW ID.4 and electric vehicles in general will save you quite a bit of money, both in the short term and over time.

Not only that, but owners of the 2021 VW ID.4 will receive three years of free unlimited charging at any Electrify America charging station. There are over 470 charging stations in the US stretching coast to coast, thanks to the newly-completed L.A.-to-D.C. route. Check out the official press release to learn more about how you can get free charging with your VW ID.4.

Don’t Electric Vehicles Cost More to Buy?

MSRPs for electric vehicles are higher, but many EVs (like the ID.4) may qualify for the $7,500 federal tax credit, effectively negating the extra cost. For example, the 2021 ID.4 Pro starts at $39,995; with the tax credit, that it effectively $32,245. In comparison, the 2020 Tiguan SEL 4Motion MSRPs at $33,545.

Have even more EV questions?

We recommend checking out our other Common EV Questions blog, but you can also read the official Volkswagen FAQ for even more info.

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