Electric Car Charging Stations in Delaware

As of 2022, Dover has the most electric car charging stations in Delaware—but Wilmington has a growing number of chargers too.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Oct 19, 2022
According to Plugshare.com, there are 412 public charging stations in the state of Delaware to power up your electric vehicle. Find a charging station close to you with an online map.
The state of Delaware is small—both in size and population—so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are only about 1,900 electric vehicles on the roads in the First State. But as electric vehicles gain in popularity and the ever-growing network of public charging stations grows across the country (both public and private), the number of electrics on Delaware roads are certain to increase. In fact, there are a number of initiatives already in place to increase Delaware’s public charging network.
If you drive an electric vehicle, hybrid electric, or plug-in hybrid electric, odds are you have charging capability at home. But you’ll likely need a spot to charge up ‘ol Bessie on the road, too. That’s why
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Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Delaware

You’ll need to think about a few things before heading out on a hard-target search for an EV charging station in Delaware. You’ll need to be aware of the different types of charging gear available, and of course, which type works for your electric car!
  • Level 1: Equivalent to a 120-volt household outlet; a full charge can take over 24 hours; ideal for plug-in hybrid vehicles 
  • Level 2:  220 volts; charging usually takes between 4 and 8 hours; ideal for charging at home
  • Level 3: Also known as DC fast charging; charges your vehicle at a rate of up to 20 miles per minute; great for road trips
  • Tesla Supercharger: Tesla’s proprietary DC fast chargers; more plugs per site on average
Most public charging stations in Delaware are Level 2 chargers, along with 11 Tesla Superchargers (with four more coming soon). Level 3 DCFC chargers aren’t as common, nor are Level 1 chargers, which take far too long to charge for the average driver charging up on the road.
Here are a few websites that map out charging stations in Delaware:
  • ChargeHub
    : maps out Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 (DCFC), and Tesla Supercharger locations
  • PlugShare
    : provides pricing, parking information, and user reviews

Delaware cities with the most EV charging stations

City
Total number of public charging stations
DCFC stations
Tesla stations
Free stations
Dover
53
16
8
6
Wilmington
30
N/A
N/A
20
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How much does it cost to charge an electric car in Delaware?

For the most part, charging an electric vehicle is much cheaper than filling up a gas-powered vehicle, but charging isn’t always free. That said, here’s how much it might cost to charge up your electric vehicle in Delaware, depending on location and battery size.
Level 1 chargers have one great advantage—they’re often free if you’re charging at home. But there’s a major disadvantage—they’re slow (it could take more than 24 hours to get a full charge on a Level 1). If you do have to pay for Level 1 charging, it will be pretty cheap—the average cost for Level 1 charging equipment is between $1.50 and $14, depending on battery size and your location.
Level 2 chargers usually cost between $0.20 and $0.30 per kWh (anywhere from $8 to $40 overall), though some Level 2 charging is free. That said, your charging cost will depend on the type of vehicle you’re charging and the length of time you’re charging it. If, say, you’re just stopping for a quick battery top-up, it’ll cost you about $10 for an hour’s worth of juice. However, charging on a Level 2 charger at a hotel parking lot overnight typically means your bill will be much higher.
Level 3 (DCFC) chargers usually have similar costs to Level 2 chargers, but DCFC is a much more efficient way to charge your vehicle. DCFC chargers will bill you either by the amount of electricity (kWH), or by the minute. The national average is $0.35 per kWh, which works out to between $10 to $30, depending on location and battery size.
Some locations charge a parking fee when you’re juicing up, but look into a membership if offered, as some locations allow customers to pay a monthly fee, as opposed to a pay-per-use model.
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Delaware electric vehicle incentives

While the number of charging stations across the state of Delaware is relatively small compared to other states, it's growing by the day. The State of Delaware already has a Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebate Program to help spur adoption of electric vehicles. 
The Clean Rebate Program offers electric vehicle purchasers a rebate of $2,500 for every battery electric vehicle purchased. Buyers of plug-in hybrid vehicles get a rebate of $1,000 when they make their purchase. 
At least one electricity provider—Delmarva Power—offers an EV incentive program, offering reduced electricity rates to EV owners who power their car during off-peak hours. So, when Delmarva customers charge their vehicles between 8pm and 12pm on weekdays, or all day on weekends, they receive lower rates than when charging their vehicle during peak hours.
Along with these incentives, Delaware will receive $18 million from the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill to add more charging stations across the state. The State of Delaware has earmarked a further $1.4 million to enhance the state’s electric charging network as well. 

How to save on electric car insurance in Delaware

Even if you drive an electric vehicle, that doesn’t mean you’ll get away scot-free when it comes to costs. Sure, your fuel costs might be zero, but
electric vehicles tend to be pricier to insure
, especially luxurious ones.
As an example,
Tesla Model 3 insurance costs
in Delaware costs roughly $2,400.That’s compared to
Nissan Altima car insurance costs
—the most common car in the state—which sits at around $1,800.
That said, location will play a role in how much your insurance costs, electric vehicle or not. For example, it will cost far more to insure a vehicle in Dover, Delaware’s biggest city, than in a smaller city or town elsewhere in the state.
But at the end of the day, you can save no matter where you drive in Delaware—by using
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