Recharging at home and work
An electric vehicle (EV) can be charged using a standard electrical power point. The time it takes will depend on the make and model, but generally you can expect it to be fully charged in 8-12 hours. Most vehicles will also allow you to automatically set the times for charging, enabling you to take advantage of any applicable off-peak rates. By charging at home with our plan exclusively for EV owners, you'll be eligible to receive bonus credits plus have your usage 100% carbon offset through our Future Forests program.
Charging faster, charging better.
Dedicated chargers (also known as level 2 chargers) allow for a much faster charging speed. They're ideal for households that use the car frequently and at short notice because they're able to fully charge an EV in as little as four hours.
As well as faster charging, some newer EVs have bi-directional capability. This technology enables you to charge your compatible EV battery during cheaper off-peak times (if available), then use any leftover charge to power your home during more expensive, peak demand times. Take a look at the video for more information.
Topping up on the go
If your day involves driving further than your EV's range, there are now thousands of public charging stations located in shopping centres, car parks, hotels and other locations across Australia. You can use these to charge your vehicle while you're at work, or top-up while you're doing your grocery shopping.
Visit Plugshare.com to view a map and find a charging point near you.
How much does it cost to charge?
The refuelling costs of an EV are significantly less than a traditional petrol car. In an electric car, 100 kms can cost around $5, while the same in a petrol car will cost around $15 or higher depending on the price of fuel.
At AGL, we have an EV plan where you'll be able to charge your vehicle at any time plus receive bonus credits towards your bill. Find out more.
cost per 100 kms*
|Tesla Model S
|Tesla Model 3
(Standard Range Plus)
|Nissan Leaf 2019||$3.76||$8.80||40kWh||171Wh/km|
|BMW i3 BEV 120Ah||$2.94||$9.24||42kWh||134Wh/km|
|Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES||$3.01||$2.64||12kWh||137Wh/km|
*Charging costs based on an assumed rate of $0.22 per kWh.
^Information taken from manufacturer's website or greenvehicleguide.gov.au and is true as of September 2019.
AGL's plan for EV owners
At AGL, we want to encourage more Australians to choose an electric vehicle. That's why we've created a special energy plan for EV drivers that offsets 100% of your household's electricity usage and offers bonus credits - making it rewarding for both you and the environment.