Why drive an electric car? Charging your vehicle at home or at work is simple and convenient, as well as environmentally friendly! With dozens of electric and hybrid cars on the U.S. market this year at various price points, electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming a common site. Over time an EV can be cost efficient for you as well as reduce toxic emissions. According to the Department of Energy, "EVs can [also] reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage." Read more about the benefits of driving an electric car on the Department of Energy site.
EMCO Electric cares about the environment and is on the forefront of renewable energy practices. We specialize in the installation of car chargers for electric cars and hybrids, both in homes and at businesses. Our team electricians have installed both the infrastructure and car chargers throughout New England and can advise you on the best electrical setup and brand for your particular situation.
Charging an EV is typically done at home, at the workplace or at public charging stations. Many businesses offer free charging as a benefit to employees. Most EV owners charge at home while they sleep and start the day with a full charge. Car chargers are usually installed in a home's garage. A weather-resistant charger can also be installed outside if no garage is available.
No, but it IS recommended. An EV can be charged at home by plugging in your car to a standard 120V outlet (level 1 charging), however this charge can take up to 20 hours for a full charge.
Speed of charging! A dedicated car charger, along with the electrical infrastructure to support it, can charge your EV up to 7 times faster than a standard outlet. As opposed to a 120V outlet that will charge a standard car in 20 hours, a 240V power source (level 2 charging) can fully charge in about 3 hours depending on the EV and the charger output.
Several factors will have an impact on the speed of your car charge. The power source (120V vs. 240V), size of the vehicle's battery, the "acceptance rate" of the vehicle, and the delivery rate of the charging station can all affect how quickly your car will charge.
There are several highly rated EV chargers on the market that are compatible with most EV brands including Siemens, Bosch and GE. We make sure to stay up on the latest technology and keep track of data and research so that we can advise you on the best charger for your vehicle and home charging needs.
Ahhh the big question! The cost of having an EV charger installed in your home will depend on the actual charger, as well as what kind of electrical wiring your home may need to support it.
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Level 1 charging is done through a standard 120V AC plug and does not require installation of additional charging equipment. Level 1 charging can deliver 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging and is the slowest method of charging an EV.
Level 2 charging is transmitted through a 240V (residential) or 208V (commercial) plug and requires installation of additional charging equipment. Level 2 can deliver 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging and is typically used in homes, workplaces and public charging stations.
Also known as DC FAST CHARGE, this level provides charging through 480V AC input and requires highly specialized, high-powered equipment as well as special equipment in the vehicle itself. These chargers can deliver 60 to 80 miles of range in 20 minutes of charging and are used most often in public charging stations. Plug-in hybrid EVs typically do not have fast charging capabilities.
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