- Many new EVs come with some level of free charging.
- Free charging is usually linked to DC fast-charging stations.
- We list every new EV that offers complimentary charging.
Here Are All the EVs That Come With Free Charging
Most long-range EVs come with some sort of free charging
Electric vehicles are generally more expensive than their gasoline counterparts, but local and federal governments have introduced incentives that bring the cost down to new buyers and lessees. To sweeten the deal even more, EV manufacturers offer perks of their own that can drive down ownership costs. Most compellingly, free charging has become a common offering from automakers as the EV wars heat up. We've rounded up every new EV that offers free electric charging as of this writing — check out the table below.
Which new EVs offer free charging?
Offering complimentary charging at the manufacturer level isn't a new phenomenon. Up until relatively recently, the Tesla Model S and Model X were sold with free unlimited charging via Tesla's proprietary Supercharger network. Tesla's previous referral program also awarded a certain number of Supercharger miles when an owner referred a friend who purchased a Tesla.
While Tesla doesn't typically offer free Supercharging anymore (every now and then, Tesla will advertise free Supercharging for a limited time if you purchase a unit of inventory by a certain date), other manufacturers with long-range EVs have teamed up with existing charging networks to provide a certain amount of free charging upon vehicle purchase. Even more exciting is that these perks are applicable to each network's ever-expanding list of DC fast-charging stations.
Operating under the same principle as Tesla's Supercharger stations, DC fast chargers can supply power to your EV's battery at a much quicker rate than the Level 2 charging stations that have been around for over a decade. DC fast-charging stations drastically cut down on recharging time, making long-distance road trips a possibility.
So how much free DC charging can you expect from your new EV? The following table shows each new EV that offers complimentary charging, the terms of free charging, and which network you can use to fill up for free.
Which free charging deals are the best?
Unlimited free charging for a certain number of years is the gold standard here. Simply plug in to an appropriate charger and you don't have to worry about anything else. Free charging with time caps per session are also good, though you have to pay attention to how long you're plugged in lest you incur a fee. In these scenarios, there's often a cooldown period between each session, so you can't just unplug and plug back in, or move to another charger, to get an immediate second free session.
The next-best option is a kilowatt-hour credit, which tells drivers how many times they can fully recharge their vehicle before the credit runs out. For instance, do you have a 2019+ Hyundai Ioniq Electric? It comes with a battery pack with a modest 38.3-kWh capacity. Considering Hyundai includes 250 kWh of free charging with this vehicle, you can fill up from empty about six-and-a-half times before you start paying. A charging credit is roughly equivalent but harder to compare, as the number of times you can recharge your vehicle depends on the charger's cost of electricity, which can vary between chargers.
One thing to note: Most of these promotions have language that makes it clear that free charging is only applicable to vehicles purchased for personal use, and not for commercial purposes such as ride-hailing services or for fleets. Read the fine print to make sure you qualify for complimentary charging based on how you plan to use the vehicle.
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|Audi e-tron GT||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for three years||Electrify America|
|Audi e-tron and Q4 e-tron||250 kWh of complimentary charging. Good for two years.||Electrify America|
|Audi Q8 e-tron and SQ8 e-tron||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for two years||Electrify America|
|BMW i4 and iX||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session. Good for two years.||Electrify America|
|BMW i7||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for three years||Electrify America|
|Cadillac Lyriq||Complimentary unlimited charging for two years. Only applicable if buyer does not choose the home installation credit from Qmerit.||EVgo|
|Chevrolet Bolt and Bolt EUV||$500 credit to use at any EVgo charging station. Only applicable if buyer does not choose the home installation credit from Qmerit (either full installation and permit costs for a standard home setup, or a $1,000 credit for installation and $250 for permit costs for a nonstandard home setup).||EVgo|
|Ford Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning and E-Transit||250 kWh of complimentary charging||Electrify America|
|Genesis Electrified G80, Electrified GV70 and GV60||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session. Good for three years.||Electrify America|
|Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Ioniq 6||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session, or complimentary Level 2 charging for the first 60 minutes in a charging session. Good for two years.||Electrify America|
|Hyundai Kona Electric||250 kWh of complimentary charging||Electrify America|
|Kia EV6||1,000 kWh of complimentary charging. Good for three years.||Electrify America|
|Kia Niro EV||500 kWh of complimentary charging. Good for three years.||Electrify America|
|Lucid Air||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for two years for vehicles in Grand Touring, Grand Touring Performance and Sapphire trims reserved by June 30, 2023. Complimentary unlimited DC charging for one year for vehicles in Pure and Touring trims reserved by June 30, 2023.||Electrify America|
|Mazda MX-30||$500 credit to use at any ChargePoint charging station (or a $500 credit to use toward purchasing a home charger)||ChargePoint|
|Mercedes-Benz EQB, EQE, EQE SUV, EQS and EQS SUV||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session. Good for two years.||Electrify America|
|Nissan Ariya||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for one year||EVgo|
|Nissan Leaf||$100 credit||EVgo|
|Polestar 2||Complimentary unlimited DC charging or Level 2 charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session. Good for two years.||Electrify America|
|Porsche Taycan||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session. Good for three years.||Electrify America|
|Subaru Solterra||$400 credit to use at any EVgo charging station. Only applicable if buyer does not choose the $400 home installation credit from Qmerit.||EVgo|
|Toyota bZ4X||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for one year||EVgo|
|Volkswagen ID.4||Complimentary unlimited DC charging for the first 30 minutes in a charging session. Good for three years.||Electrify America|
|Volvo C40 Recharge and XC40 Recharge||250 kWh of complimentary charging. Good for three years. Also includes one-year complimentary Electrify America Pass+ membership, good for discounted rates for charging.||Electrify America|
If you're on the fence about getting an EV, free charging from the manufacturer could help get you ready to take the plunge.