While there are many people that have turned to electric vehicles (EV) to get around, there are still a lot of people that are hesitant to make that switch. A lot of hesitancy comes from the unknowns of charging that thing once you have it. Many people aren’t sure they want to deal with charging and EV and everything that surrounds that part of ownership. Burley Electrical Services is here to talk about some of the different ways you can charge an EV to hopefully put your mind at rest.
How to Charge Electric Car at Home?
The way to take full advantage of your EV and the savings that you can see when you switch over from gas to electric is to charge the car at home. There are a couple of ways that you can do this:
– 120 Volt: This is a standard wall outlet that you find throughout your home. It will give you about 5 miles charge in an hour. This is the least effective way to charge your EV, but it is still doable. The only realistic way to do this is to plug the vehicle in overnight and not need it outside of low mileage driving. This is the best way to charge a hybrid vehicle though.
– 240 Volt: For most people who own an EV, having a 240 volt outlet put in your garage to charge your EV. This is the fastest charging option for charging at home. You will be able to get about 25 miles of charge per hour. These chargers usually require the help of a qualified electrician to ensure that your outlet and your charger is installed properly. You can see your vehicle charge from empty to full overnight.
Charging EV in Public
If you don’t have a charger at home, you will more than likely have to rely on public charging to drive your EV. This can still be less expensive than gasoline, but far more expensive than charging at home for most people. There are a couple of different kinds of public charging.
– DC Fast Charging: This is the fastest way to charge your vehicle. You can charge up to 250 miles in an hour. This is going to depend on your vehicle and its charging capabilities. This is great for long road trips when you are going to need to charge to continue on. You can charge up to 80% in 20 to 30 minutes.
– Tesla Supercharging: If you own a tesla, you can use the tesla superchargers which are built specifically for tesla vehicles and don’t work with any other make or model of EV. However, tesla is getting ready to open their superchargers up to many other vehicle manufacturers.