Opting for an Electric Car or EV over a traditional fuel-driven car is a smart thing. EVs are environmentally friendly, will save you thoursands in fuel and maintenance costs, plus there are rebates of up to $13k.
Another advantatge is that there are plenty of electric car charging stations all over the country and more being installed every day and you can now charge faster at home.
Charging an electric car is as simple as plugging it in at the nearest charging station or plug and waiting for the car to be charged. However, how long you wait depends on the type of charging station or plug that you are using. These are the basic types of charging stations in the country:
Level 1 Charging
Level 1 charging plugs are basically your everyday household outlets. For a Nissan Leaf which has a range of approximately 100 miles, this may mean over 22 hours of charging to reach full charge. But the fact of the matter is that you will rarely need your car to be at full charge. For an average American who travels 40 miles per day, a 9 hour charging stretch is enough for a normal amount of commuting the next day. Level 1 charging is perfect for cars like the Chevrolet Volt which is a plug-in hybrid with a 40 mile electric range. Overnight charging will result in full charge for this EV.
With voltage of 110 V, a typical sedan will take about 20 hours to charge fully, if needed. The plug itself can be used for a wide variety of things, and it boasts of the lowest installation costs.
Level 2 Charging
Most charging stations have level 2 charging plugs. These charging stations use about 220 V of voltage which is equivalent to high-power household appliances like clothes dryers. A typical sedan will take about 4-6 hours to charge to 100 percent capacity using level 2 chargers. Best for opportunity charging at public charging stations and overnight charging at home, most householders who use EVs prefer to install the slightly expensive Level 2 charging plugs at home as they charge vehicles much faster than their Level 1 counterparts.
DC Quick-Charge (DCQC) or Level 3 Charging
DC Quick-Charge is the fastest charging option available for EVs today. This is not a charging plug that you can get installed in your house because they cost up to $100,000 and need more power than the whole house. However, these charging stations offer about 40 miles of range in just 10 minutes of charging. Best for on-the-go traveling, DC Quick-Charge charging stations use 480 V of voltage and a typical sedan will take only 30 minutes to go from 0 to 80 percent charge.
Level 3 charging stations are designed to charge the car only up to 80 percent because EVs can lose capacity from this type of rigorous charging. However if you are out and about, this is the best quick recharge option.
Factors such as electrical output capacity, battery capacity, and the external environment temperature may affect the charging time of EVs.
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