In today’s world, electric cars are becoming more and more popular, which means the need for electric car charging stations has increased. There are charging stations located at many workplaces, malls, and even some available at travel rest stops. But many electric car owners want the convenience of a charging station right in their own home. Did you know, Gervais Electric, Inc. offers electric car charging station installation? Below you will find important information on charging stations, different levels and overall efficiency.
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS
As we all know, cars have forever been powered by gasoline until recently, with the introduction of electric cars- which are powered by electricity stored in a battery. Incredibly high tech and costly, electric car batteries are usually lithium ion or nickel metal hydride in composition. Most electric cars have an estimated range of 100-350 miles of which they can travel on a single battery charge, with talk of one charge lasting up to 500 miles in the near future. This will make it so the electric car will be the only car you need. Though they need to be recharged regularly, electric cars tend to be more practical since the average person drives less than 35 miles per day. With that said, is it any wonder that most electric car owners have an electric car charging station option available to them right in their own homes.
People who have had an electric car say they would never go back to a gasoline car because they don’t have to spend time filling up, getting a tune up, inspection, oil changers, transmission fluid changes or brakes repairs. If you are contemplating the purchase of an electric car, we highly recommend you take time out to talk with our team of electricians about the electrical and wiring needs that are required for the installation of a charging station. You want to ensure that the electrical capacity in your home can fully support the charging needs of your new electric vehicle.
HOW ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS WORK
Mirroring the same concept of plugging your cell phone in to charge its battery, plugging your electric vehicle works along the same lines. As a matter of fact, cell phones, a variety of other electrical devices and electric vehicles actually use very similar batteries that are not only rechargeable, but also have a high-energy storage density as well. It is important to understand, however, that charging batteries for your electric car requires special chargers that enhance the charging process, all the while ensuring both efficiency and safety.
CHARGING STATIONS (ESVE LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 CHARGING)
How often you use your electric car, and how you actually use it, play a significant role in choosing the right station. Electric car owners who plug in and charge their cars at home utilize an ESVE charger. There are a variety of ESVE chargers available, which means engaging the services of a certified electrician to advise you as to which ESVE charger will charge your vehicle efficiently and safely.
Level 1 charging is a charging option used by those individuals who simply plug their electric vehicle charger into a typical outlet within their home. This is the cheapest and slowest electric car charging option available, and provides you with approximately 40 miles of charge that will easily satisfy local commutes and daily routine use.
Level 2 charging uses 240-volt electricity to charge your electric vehicle quickly and provides all the safety you need. When using a level 2 EVSE electric charger you can take advantage of a range of charging powers offering nearly 70 miles of range per charging hour. However, it is important to recognize that these more powerful chargers require installation by a licensed electrician, since new wiring and an enhanced electrical infrastructure may also be needed.
THE EXPERTS YOU CAN TRUST
To learn more about electric car charging stations for your home, or to have a thorough electrical inspection and checkup to ensure that the electrical infrastructure of your home can handle your electric charger, be sure to reach out to Gervais Electric, Inc. Our licensed electricians stand ready to meet your every need and to provide you with a professional opinion, and all the insight you need to choose the best charging option for your home. Don’t delay. Reach out to our team of experts today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality electrical products and services Franklin has to offer!