Electric Car Charging 101: Power Up Your Ride
With an array of exciting electric car models coming onto the market, more and more people are considering making the switch to electric. But how do these mighty machines get their power? Enter electric car charging, the fuel source that keeps electric vehicles (EVs) on the move. In this blog post, we’ll explore the different types of chargers and why having access to convenient Level 2 at-home charging is a game changer. So, fasten your seatbelts and let’s dive in!
Types of Electric Car Chargers:
Let’s take a quick look at the various charging options available. The most common types of chargers include:
Level 1 Chargers: Picture a standard electrical outlet in your home. Level 1 chargers use this familiar socket to charge your EV. While they are convenient and widely accessible, they have a slower charging speed, typically adding around 2-5 miles of range per hour of charging.
Level 2 Chargers: Level 2 chargers offer a significant upgrade in terms of charging speed. These chargers require a 240-volt outlet, similar to the one used for heavy-duty appliances like electric dryers or ovens. With a Level 2 charger, you can add around 20-40 miles of range per hour of charging, meaning you leave home every day with a full tank.
DC Fast Chargers: If you’re in need of a quick charge on the go, DC fast chargers come to the rescue. These high-powered chargers can replenish your EV’s battery to around 80% in as little as 20-30 minutes, making them perfect for long-distance travel or when time is of the essence. However, they are typically found at public charging stations or along major highways, think the Tesla Supercharger network.
The Magic of Level 2 Chargers:
Now that we’ve got the basics covered, let’s zoom in on Level 2 chargers, specifically designed for home charging convenience. Here’s why they’re worth considering:
Faster Charging: Level 2 chargers are a game-changer when it comes to charging speed. With their higher voltage capacity, they can replenish your EV’s battery at a much faster rate than Level 1 chargers. You can top up your car’s range overnight or during the day, ensuring it’s always ready to hit the road.
Convenience at Home: With a Level 2 charger installed in your garage or driveway, you can wave goodbye to trips to the gas station. Simply plug in your EV when you’re done for the day, and by morning, it’ll be charged up and ready for your next adventure. No more waiting in line or detours for a charge!
Cost-Effective: While Level 2 chargers do require an initial investment, they can save you money in the long run. Charging at home is almost always more cost-effective compared to public charging stations. Plus, when you subscribe to an electric car with Motor for a minimum of 3 months, we’ll cover the cost of installation up to $1,000, and take care of everything by liaising with our trusted network of electricians.
Electric car charging is an integral part of the EV experience, and having the ability to charge your vehicle conveniently at home can make all the difference.
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