Electric Car Charging Stations in Indiana

Indiana is working on expanding its network of electric vehicle charging stations. Which station is nearest to you?
Written by Cassandra Hamilton
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Indiana
has more than 600 public charging stations for electric cars. You can find the nearest one using the map on PlugShare.com.
Indiana is striving to keep up with the goals set by the national electric vehicle infrastructure program by installing electric vehicle charging stations every 50 miles of highway. Right now, Indiana only has four such stations, but the state is developing a plan to increase these along with electric car usage—which currently sits at only 0.1% of all Indiana vehicles.
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Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Indiana

You’ll need to think about a couple of different factors before searching for an EV charging location. First, familiarize yourself with the different types of charging equipment to determine which one is right for you.
  • Level 1: Equivalent to a 120-volt household outlet; charging can take over 24 hours; ideal for plug-in hybrids
  • Level 2:  220 volts; charging typically takes between 4 and 8 hours; ideal for home charging
  • Level 3: Also known as DC fast charging; charges at a rate of up to 20 miles per minute; ideal for road trips
  • Tesla Supercharger: Tesla’s DC fast chargers; more plugs per site on average
Most of the public chargers in Indiana are either Level 2 or Level 3. Level 1 and Tesla Superchargers are less common—you’ll find more Superchargers than Level 1 chargers due to the amount of time it takes to reach a full charge on a Level 1 charger. 
There are a couple of websites mapping out EV chargers in Indiana: 
  • ChargeHub
    : Lists Level 1, Level 2, DCFC (Level 3), and Tesla Supercharger stations
  • PlugShare
    : Shows pricing, user reviews, and parking information 

Indiana cities with the most EV charging stations

City
Total number of public charging stations
DCFC stations
Tesla stations
Free stations
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson
508
118
78
69
Fort Wayne
110
27
22
18
South Bend
84
10
6
5
Bloomington
70
12
8
10

How much does it cost to charge an electric car in Indiana?

It’s cheaper than average to charge an EV than it is to fill a gas tank—but don’t count on it being free every time. Here’s what you can expect to pay for EV charging costs in Indiana.
The benefit of using a slow Level 1 charger is that it’s usually free to use. If you happen to find a Level 1 charger that requires payment, it will generally cost between $1.50 and $14 depending on your battery size and location.
Many stations also offer free Level 2 charging, but if it’s not free you can expect to pay $0.20 to $0.30 per kWh. On average, this will cost between $8 and $40 to reach a full charge—but again, this varies based on your location.
A quick top-up will probably cost you less than $10 to get to your destination. Other Level 2 locations, like overnight hotel charging, can cost much more.
DC fast chargers are the most efficient type of EV charging station with similar costs to Level 2 charging. When you use one of these chargers, you’re either charged by time (per minute) or by electricity used (per kWh). The national average price is $0.35/kWh, which averages about $10 to $30 per charge
You sometimes have to pay for parking at charging locations as well, but some locations offer membership rates for a monthly fee instead of paying an as-you-go rate.
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Indiana electric vehicle incentives

Some parts of Indiana, like highly rural areas, pose a challenge to consumers who want to drive an electric car. That will soon change thanks to Indiana’s partnership with the federal government to reach the goal of installing 500,000 public charging stations nationwide by 2030.
Indiana has been approved for $100 million in funding to expand its EV charging network. By the time of project completion, every resident of Indiana should be within 40 miles of an EV charger.
Despite the government’s lofty goals of accessible EV charging, less than 0.1% of vehicles in Indiana are electric. To help rectify this issue, the state is offering
electric vehicle rebates
to those who purchase plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles. The rebate starts at $2,500 and increases by $416 for every extra kWh the vehicle has
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