For the electric car owner, finding ways to charge it on the go, is a major concern. Regularly charging your vehicle at an outlet, charging station at work or at home, is the only way to keep your battery full. It is important to understand the ways of charging EV (Electrical Vehicle) and what would work best for your particular needs.
Let’s explore each charging option in detail:
With the increase of electric car usage, some forward thinking companies have electrical car chargers installed in their parking lots and garages for employees. These are usually level II chargers. In this instance, it is not a disadvantage because the car will be connected over the course of an eight-hour work day. Even though workplace charging is not very common place, some states now offer incentives for having on-site stations, which will increase the number of EV charging stations installed in the workplace.
Public Charging Outlets.
Even though EV charging stations are not as commonplace as gasoline pumps, the number of public EV charging stations has grown in recent years. They are more prevalent near or in areas that have a higher concentration of electric automobiles. Most public EV’s are installed near urban street corners, new-car dealerships, public parking garages, apartment buildings and retail parking lots. A lot of public charging stations provide free charging, although there are some who collect a fee (it varies depending on the service provider). Some charging outlet might require a membership card to access units.
Public charging stations are mostly set up for level II charging, which makes them ideal for “topping off” your electric vehicle’s battery while running an errand, dining or shopping. But the optimal option would be to find a station that offers level III charging. This is the quickest charging system available today. With it, you can increase the battery level of your EV to 80% in just 30 minutes (if it was previously at 0%).
Please note, level III charges use a different connecting parts configuration from level II and level I chargers. So, you might need an adapter to connect your EV to the charging units or a level III charger. You should always check ahead to ascertain if your EV is compatible with the charging port at a station before heading there.
Charging EV At Home
This is the easiest method for keeping your EV charged, especially if you electrical access in your garage. Most electric automobiles come with a basic charging unit that can be plugged into a standard 120V wall socket (also called level one charging). Please note, using house currents, a full charge can take up to eight hours
To reduce the number of hours required for a full charge at home, you would need a dedicated 240V line installed in your garage, alongside a specific level II charger (this is not cheap). However, the extra cost would pay off in faster charging time. Level II charging takes around four hours to fully top up an EV battery, of course depending on the model of the level II charger.
The Government provides financial support for Electric car buyers to install EV charging point at their property through the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS), which covers up to 75% of the total costs. This makes the installation of a home charging station much more affordable. Charging EV at home is also the cheapest method of keeping your Electric Car running. Mostly electrical vehicles, come with a smartphone app that allows owners to schedule charging sessions at specific hours when electricity is cheaper (if the local electricity electrical company provides discounted off-peak rates).
What Life Expectancy Of An EV Battery?
Most EV car manufacturers guarantee their batteries for up to 8 years before it wears out or needs to be replaced.
What Is The Most Convenient Method Of Charging EV (Electric Vehicle)?
One of the easiest ways to charge your electric vehicle, is to do it at home. Especially if there is an electrical outlet near your preferred parking in your garage or have a parking spot close to an electrical outlet. Home charging options use a basic level EV port to connect the car to the other point of the charging cord. It can either be hardwired or plugged into an existing outlet.
Charging EV at home can either be done with a 240V or 120V outlet. Most electric cars come with a 120V
charging cord and 120V outlets, this would probably be the easiest and most cost effective option for your home charging.
A 240V circuit or outlet will require buying a different home charging unit and making modifications to your home electrical system, in some cases. However, 240V powered charger from a 240V has the benefit of faster charge for your EV- 2 to 8 times faster depending on the vehicle and amperage.
It is always wise to take advantage of public charging stations when you can, as charging can take a while and you do not want to be out and about with the low battery. However, the most convenient way of charging your electrical vehicle is charging EV at home.
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