Electric Car Charging Stations in Virginia

With over 800 charging stations available, Jerry can help you find the Virginia station nearest you.
Written by Cassandra Hamilton
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
There are over 800 public electric car charging stations in
Virginia
. Find the one nearest to you by using the map on PlugShare.com.
Virginia ekes into the top 10 states with the most electric vehicles in 10th place, making it the only state in the South to place on the list. To help support its growing population of electric vehicles, the state has installed over 800 public charging stations, most of which are concentrated in major urban areas. EVs account for 1.89% of total vehicles in the state. 
If you’re a Virginian doing your part for the environment by driving an EV or plug-in hybrid, you probably have a great home charging setup. But if you’re taking a trip or find yourself low on battery during your commute home, you’ll need to use a public station.
Jerry
has created this handy guide to EV charging stations on the road

Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Virginia

You have some factors to consider before you set out in search of an EV charging location. The first thing you’ll need to do is learn about the different sorts of charging equipment available to figure out which option is best for you.
  • Level 1: Same as a 120-volt household outlet; the charge can take over 24 hours; best for plug-in hybrids
  • Level 2:  220 volts; a full charge usually takes between 4 and 8 hours; best for home charging
  • Level 3: Sometimes called DC fast charging; charges at a rate of up to 20 miles per minute; great for road trips
  • Tesla Supercharger: Tesla’s DC fast chargers; more plugs per site on average
Most of the public chargers you’ll find in Virginia are going to be Level 2 or Level 3. It’s less common to find a Level 1 or Tesla Supercharger, but you’ll find more of the Superchargers than you will Level 1 chargers. That’s because it takes so long to get fully charged on a Level 1 charger.
Here are some websites mapping out EV chargers in Virginia: 
  • ChargeHub
    : Lists Level 1, Level 2, DCFC (Level 3), and Tesla Supercharger stations
  • PlugShare
    : Shows pricing, user reviews, and parking information 

Virginia cities with the most EV charging stations

City
Total number of public charging stations
DCFC stations
Tesla stations
Free stations
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News
535
101
50
119
Richmond
424
121
88
64
Charlottesville
120
32
16
22
Roanoke
91
28
10
16
Lynchburg
67
18
16
10
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How much does it cost to charge an electric car in Virginia?

It’s safe to say that it’s less expensive than average to charge an EV than it is to fill a gas tank, but it’s not always going to be free. Here’s what it costs to charge an EV in Virginia.
If you do happen to find a Level 1 charger, it’s probably free to use. If you find one that does require payment, you can expect to pay between $1.50 and $14 depending on battery size and location.
You can also often find free Level 2 charging, but you should also expect to pay between $0.20 and $0.30 per kWh. A full charge will cost, on average, between $8 and $40, but this will change depending on where you are. You can anticipate paying less than $10 for a top-off charge to get you to your final destination, but you’ll pay more for other Level 2 locations, like overnight at a hotel. 
The most efficient type of EV charging is a DC fast charger, which costs similarly to Level 2 charging. You’ll pay either by time (per minute) or by electricity consumed (per kWh). The national average is $0.35/kWh, which amounts to around $10 to $30 per charge.
Some locations charge for parking, so see if you can find a spot to charge that offers membership rates for a monthly fee so you can avoid paying an as-you-go rate for parking.

Virginia electric vehicle incentives

Virginia is a blend of highly rural and dense metropolitan areas. If you live in a rural area and want to drive an EV, you might find charging on the go to be a challenge. That’s why Dominion Energy has implemented its Smart Charging Infrastructure Pilot Program to help offset the costs of constructing new EV charging stations. The hope is that reducing the burden of cost will encourage more apartment buildings and workplaces to install EV chargers.
The state also offers incentives to consumers who purchase EVs or PHEVs. If you purchase a new EV or PHEV from a participating dealership, you’re eligible for a $2,500 rebate on your new, eco-friendly vehicle. You’re also eligible for the rebate if you purchase a used EV or PHEV, and could even get an additional $2,000 enhanced rebate on top of that. But take notice that the rebate only applies to the base price of the vehicle—it doesn’t include additional packages or options!
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