Charging your EV at night is about to become more expensive

EV chargers in a garage in New York City
Electric vehicle charging stations in New York City are often inside paid parking lots. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

One of the perks of electric vehicle ownership is charging your car overnight while parked in your driveway at home. Electricity demand is usually low, so rates are fairly cheap, making it both convenient and affordable for many people. But that’s about to change as more people buy EVs and the demand for overnight charging begins to rise, according to a new study published today.

The study, which was conducted by a team at Stanford University and published in Nature Energy, found that increasing EV ownership in the western US could lead to peak net electricity demand increases by up to 25 percent by 2035, the year California has said it would ban the sale of gas-powered cars and trucks.

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Author: Andrew J. Hawkins