An EV owner has revealed how much she spends to keep her car charged.
The TikTok influencer has nearly 800,000 followers interested in her life, often for content about her electric car.
On her page, Niya Esperanza (@niyaesperanza) posted a video about the cost of charging electric cars compared to how much motorists spend on gasoline for fuel-powered cars.
“Things I wish I knew,” the creator captioned the clip.
Speaking on TikTok, Esperanza said, “Let’s look at how much I’m actually spending on charging my electric car versus gas right now.”
She then provided some background information.
“Just a reminder, I live at home and we don’t have a charging station installed at home,” the TikToker admitted.
The reality for most EV owners is that an EV owner’s garage does not have a charger installed, ideally allowing them to charge their car overnight while they sleep.
“I’m not even going to count the electricity at home,” Esperanza said.
“That would be a million times cheaper than what I’m currently doing.”
The woman described her life situation and how she managed to keep her electric vehicle charged.
“There’s a charging station across from my house,” she said.
“And it’s charge stage two that’s super fast — it’s not that good for your car, so sometimes I try to switch to slower charge stages.”
Esperanza said she’s commuting quite a distance daily at the moment and has to use the tier two charging station in an emergency.
“There’s no other way,” she emphasized.
“So I just filled up my car and it was $19.48.”
Her car was practically at zero percent and charged the car until it reached 95 percent, the EV owner explained.
“And I have 290 miles to go,” she shared.
“That equates to about $0.06 per mile.”
Esperanza said gas in her area costs about $6 a gallon because she lives in Southern California.
“It’s the most ridiculous thing ever,” she said.
“But I looked up the average for 2021 cars because it’s a 2021 car and the average fuel economy was 24.9 miles per gallon – and when we do the math it comes out to about 0, $25 per mile.”
She reiterated that the charging system she uses is more expensive than average or slower chargers.
“So it’s absolutely cheaper and absolutely worth it,” Esperanza said.