Environmentally friendly and less expensive to run, electric vehicles are the future of cars. Electric vehicle (EV) sales surpassed the 1 million units sold mark in 2021 for the first time, and sales are expected to continue to grow at a torrid pace.
One challenge to owning an EV is the availability of charging stations. Public charging stations are not always nearby, and they can be expensive to use. The solution? Have one installed at your home! The electricians at Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric can install an EV charging station at your home, so you do not have to rely on public electric vehicle chargers.
If you’re considering buying an electric car charging station for at-home use, you first need to consider the type of charging station: a level 1 or level 2 station. All EVs manufactured in North America are compatible with level 1 or 2 charging stations. Keep reading to learn the differences.
Level 1 charging stations use 110V power and work by plugging your electric car into a standard receptacle outlet in the garage and plugging the adaptor into the vehicle. Level 1 chargers provide a lower level of charging and may require up to 24-hours to fully charge a vehicle that was near empty*. Level 1 chargers are ideal for those who drive less than 40 miles per day, as the vehicle will not need a full charge every night.
Level 2 chargers require a 208/240-volt power source and a separate dedicated circuit to the charging station location. Level 2 chargers provide a higher level of charging, allowing the vehicle to reach full charge in a shorter time interval*. Many Level 2 chargers can fully charge an EV in three to seven hours. Level 2 chargers are the most common EV chargers in public spaces, including hotels, parking garages, and stores.
*Charging times will vary between vehicle and level 2 charger manufacturers.
If you own an EV or are in the market to buy one, consider the following benefits of having an EV charging station installed in your home:
Electricity isn’t free. The average cost to charge an EV from almost empty to almost full at a public charging station is between $10 and $30, based on kWh and service/convenience fees. Over time, that money adds up. Fully charging your vehicle at home is based solely on the kWh your utility provider charges, and there are no service fees. Plug your electric car into the charger when you get home to start charging, and you’ll have a full battery in the morning before you go to work.
Increased convenience is one of the most significant benefits of owning an EV charging station. Relying on public charging stations can waste hours or even days of your time each month. A trip planner service can help, but public chargers are not always available. Installing a charger in your home is like having your personal fuel pump at your house.
More drivers will transition to EVs as America develops the infrastructure to support this new technology. There’s a good chance whoever buys your home will own an EV or consider one—step toward increasing your property’s value by installing an EV charging station.
Ravinia Plumbing proudly provides the residents of Chicago’s North Shore and Chicago’s Northwest suburbs with quality home services, including plumbing, sewers and drains, heating and cooling, indoor air quality, and electrical services.
If you own an EV or will be in the market for one soon, consider the many benefits that come with having your own electric car charging station installed at home. The technicians at Ravinia Plumbing can advise you on the best charging station for you and install it. To learn more about EV charging stations or to schedule an appointment, contact Ravinia Plumbing today.
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