Which New Electric Vehicles Come With Free Charging?

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While automakers are adding more electric vehicles and most are still having trouble ramping up production to meet demand, many of those EVs continue to come with a free DC fast-charging promotion. The deals range widely from a token bucket of kilowatt-hours at public chargers to years of free charging sessions.

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Free charging might influence an EV shopper’s choice and give them an incentive to try a particular charging network. Though a Level 2 home charger remains the recommended go-to for regular charging — it’s cheaper and helps preserve battery health — DC fast charging, which might charge a battery to 80% in 30 minutes or less, can be a must for road trips. It also can be expensive, making the more generous free charging promotions valuable.

The federal Energy Department currently lists more than 54,000 public charging locations in the U.S. with a total of about 139,700 chargers. Of those, approximately 7,400 stations with 31,400 chargers offer DC fast charging. The numbers should accelerate in coming years thanks to $7.5 billion in federal public charging subsidies included in the Infrastructure Law, which also requires that the subsidized chargers be open to all EVs. That has led to a decision by Tesla to open its private Supercharger network that includes more than 19,000 fast chargers in 1,800-plus locations, making it the largest U.S. network. But the federal funds should also help grow other networks, including Electrify America, which lays claim to being the next largest fast-charging network with more than 3,500 fast chargers in 800-plus locations.

Here are the free charging deals currently offered for new 2023 electric cars, SUVs and trucks. Note that they can change at any time, and some are time-limited:

2023 Audi E-Tron, E-Tron Sportback, Q4 e-Tron and Q4 e-Tron Sportback

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: These 2023 Audi EVs come with 250 kWh of free charging to be used within three years. Refreshed-for-2024 versions of the E-Tron and E-Tron Sportback rolling out this summer have been renamed the Q8 e-Tron and Q8 e-Tron Sportback, and their updates include an offer of two years of unlimited charging.

2023 Audi E-Tron GT

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The high-end fastback sedan has a better offer than the other Audis: three years of unlimited free fast charging.

2023 BMW i4 and iX

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The BMW sports sedan and SUV come with two years of free 30-minute fast-charging sessions. The offer also will apply to the electric i5 version of the redesigned 5 Series sedan that’s due in October.

2023 BMW i7

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The EV version of BMW’s flagship sedan offers three years of free 30-minute fast-charging sessions.

2023 Cadillac Lyriq

  • Charging network: EVgo
  • Charging offer: Cadillac’s electric luxury SUV comes with two years of unlimited fast charging. It also offers promotions for the installation of a home charger, including a credit of up to $1,500.

2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV

  • Charging network: EVgo
  • Charging offer: Chevy offers a $500 credit at EVgo charging stations to be used within three years. It also offers promotions for installing a home charger, including a credit of up to $1,250. This is the last year for the affordable Bolt subcompact EV hatchback and EUV SUV: GM has announced that production will end in 2023 as Chevy rolls out new EV versions of the Blazer and Equinox SUVs and Silverado pickup truck.

2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: Ford’s electric SUV and pickup truck offer 250 kWh of free DC fast charging at Electrify America stations and three years of access to Ford’s Blue Oval Charging Network.

2023 Genesis GV60, Electrified GV70 and Electrified G80

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The Genesis luxury electric SUVs and sedan come with three years of free 30-minute sessions of fast charging.

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: Two years of free 30-minute fast charging sessions come with the electric SUV and sedan.

2023 Hyundai Kona Electric

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The subcompact Kona SUV offers up to 250 kWh of free fast charging (which equals about 1,000 miles of driving range, says Hyundai) to be used within three years.

2023 Kia EV6

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: Kia’s small electric SUV comes with 1,000 kWh of free fast charging, which Kia says equals about 3,000 to 3,500 miles of driving range, to be used within three years.

2023 Kia Niro EV

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: Redesigned for 2023, this small SUV’s all-electric version comes with 500 kWh of free fast charging, which Kia says equals about 1,750 to 2,000 miles of driving range, to be used within three years.

2023 Lucid Air

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The high-end luxury sedan from this EV startup offers free charging for one or two years, trim level depending — for vehicles reserved by June 30, 2023.

2023 Mazda MX-30 EV

  • Charging network: ChargePoint
  • Charging offer: Mazda’s small electric SUV (available only in California) offers a $500 credit that can be used at ChargePoint public stations or toward the purchase of a ChargePoint home charger.

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan, EQS SUV, EQE Sedan, EQE SUV and EQB

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: Mercedes-Benz’s current line of EQ electric vehicles comes with two years of unlimited 30-minute sessions of DC fast charging.

2023 Nissan Ariya

  • Charging network: EVgo
  • Charging offer: Nissan’s new SUV offers unlimited charging for one year.

2023 Nissan Leaf

  • Charging network: EVgo
  • Charging offer: Nissan’s small hatchback comes with a $100 charging credit.

2023 Porsche Taycan and Taycan Cross Turismo

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offers: The small sports sedan and wagon offer three years of unlimited 30-minute sessions of DC fast charging.

2023 Subaru Solterra

  • Charging network: EVgo
  • Charging offer: Subaru’s first all-electric vehicle, a small SUV jointly developed with Toyota, offers a $400 credit for DC fast charging.

2023 Tesla Model 3, Model Y, Model S and Model X

  • Charging network: Supercharger
  • Charging offers: There’s no overall offer of free charging for Tesla vehicles, but there are some specific deals. As with many things Tesla, it’s complicated and subject to change. The free lifetime of unlimited charging that Tesla offered in the first few years of the Model S and Model X ended in 2018, but there still are Teslas on the road that qualify. Tesla now is offering only those owners six years of unlimited Supercharging if they trade in their older vehicle on a new Model S or Model X. The automaker also now has a referral program that lets current and new owners earn credits for Tesla purchases, including Supercharging. Also on offer is three months of unlimited Supercharging for Model 3 sedans ordered and delivered by June 30, 2023.

2023 Toyota bZ4X

  • Charging network: EVgo
  • Charging offer: Toyota’s small all-electric SUV, jointly developed with Subaru, offers one year of unlimited free DC fast charging.

2023 Volkswagen ID.4

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: The small SUV offers three years of unlimited 30-minute DC fast-charging sessions.

2023 Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge

  • Charging network: Electrify America
  • Charging offer: Volvo’s small SUV and sportback SUV come with 250 kWh of free DC fast charging for use within three years, plus a free one-year subscription to the Electrify America Pass Plus, which offers discounted charging prices.

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