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1. How to charge an electric car at your home?
Besides other important factors, which need to be considered before purchasing an electric-car such as their road performance and battery life, an essential aspect to be thought about is how you will manage to charge your electric car in the first place. Read on and learn how to charge an E-car at home?
Various options are available to charge an electric car at home. The vehicle can be charged either by using the standard 120-volt power outlet, which is typically available at home or it can be charged with a home charging point installed in the parking area of the vehicle. In case, you are opting to charge your electric-car with the standard 120-volt power outlet at home, you will require an adapter to connect the vehicle with the 120-volt outlet. This is a very simple procedure and almost the same as plugging in your microwave oven or television to the power supply. On the other hand, many users prefer to install a home charging point to charge their electric cars at home as it charges the vehicle at a faster rate. The home charging point unit can be mounted to an exterior wall, which would include a socket to plug in either a type 1 or type 2 charging cable.
Regardless of the option you choose for charging your electric car at home, it is significant to consider the safety aspects for your electric vehicle charging system. Home vehicle charge units should be connected directly into your fuse box and ensure that no additional load is connected to this circuit. The circuit should also include overload protection and the external sockets should be weatherproof so that they can be placed in the exterior of your home. In addition, different types of safety sensors are commonly included in an electric vehicle charging station which monitors the consumption of power and keeps the connection active only if the demand is within a specified range.
2. How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home?
As one would expect, not only is charging of an electric vehicle extremely more convenient than a conventional fuel powered vehicle, Electric Cars are also much cheaper compared to the cost of petrol or diesel.
To calculate the cost of charging an electric car, you must first know, 1) the rate of fuel consumption for your electric vehicle in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles, and, 2) the cost of electricity per kWh. For instance, if the cost of electricity is £0.1 per kWh and the vehicle consumes 30 kWh to travel 100 miles, the average cost would be about £0.03 per mile. However, the exact cost of charging an electric car also depends on the size of the battery which is being charged.
According to the national average of the United Kingdom, fully charging an electric vehicle would only cost about the same as it would cost running a central air conditioner continuously for five or six hours. Estimates released by General Motors indicate that the annual energy consumption of a Chevy Volt is about 2,500 kWh, which is even less than what the energy required for running a typical water heater for a year.
Another factor which determines the cost of charging your vehicle at home is the time of day you choose for charging. In certain parts of the world, that are special off-peak rates for electricity consumption during a certain time of the day, usually at night. If you have this facility at home, you should charge your vehicle during the specified off-peak hours, so that your costs for charging is further reduced. Some electric power supply companies also offer special discounted rates for electric car charging. You should check with your local electric power supply agent for details of any such offer which might be available in your area.
3. How fast an electric car can be charged at home?
The speed at which an electric car is charged can be measured in terms of kilowatts (kW). The time consumed to charge an electric vehicle mainly depends on the capacity of the battery being used in the electric vehicle, and the type of charging system you are using at home. It is observed that the charging of an electric vehicle is much faster using a dedicated home charging point compared to charging from a standard 120-volt power outlet at home.
On average, the time required to charge an electric car using a standard 120-volt power outlet at home is between seven and nine hours. Moreover, a lot of research and development is being focused to further reduce this charging time of electric cars. Ideally, the aim is to enable electric cars to be fully charged within less than half an hour.
With the introduction of electric vehicle charging stations at commercial locations such as supermarkets and public parking lots, drivers are no longer worried too much about the time taken to charge the vehicle as they can recharge the vehicle whenever it is parked idle near a public charging station. It may be noted that charging is relatively faster at dedicated electric vehicle charging stations compared to charging from a standard power outlet at home.
Public electric vehicle charging stations are a relatively new but fast growing concept. These stations are excellent for top-up charging and can save a lot of time for drivers who need to travel long distances. However, it is still recommended to combine top-up charging with overnight charging at home to get the best mileage out of your car’s battery.
To sum it all up, charging of electric cars is much faster using a 240 V home charging point compared to a 120-V Level-1 charger.
4. How to get an electric car charging point installed at home?
Level 1 electric car charging systems do not need any distinct installation. It simply needs you to plug in your Level 1 charger into a 120-volt standard wall outlet and the car is ready to be charged. The Level-1 charging cable is usually included with your electric car. The biggest advantage of using a Level 1 charging system is that there are no additional costs of installation involved and does not require a trained professional to set up the system.
On the other hand, Installation of a Level-2 home charge point is normally done by trained professionals. A Level-2 home charging point involves carrying 240 volts from the circuit breaker at your home to your electric car charging location. In case your circuit breaker is not compatible, it is likely that you might have to replace your circuit breaker completely.
Keeping in view the nature of work, it is recommended to hire a qualified and experienced professional to set up your charging station. An electrician should be consulted to evaluate whether it is feasible to install a Level 2 charging station at your home or not. Various service companies offer qualified staff who can be hired for this job. Secondly, in many countries, installing a Level-2 charging point often has certain legal and regulatory requirements which need strict compliance. Moreover, electric work is a recognized safety hazard, and thus, it is recommended to get it done by an expert.
Installation through a professional service company would cost between £500 and £1,500.
The latest innovation in home charging points is pairing your Level-2 electric car charging system with a solar charging system. This makes electric car charging even more energy efficient and environment-friendly. Some manufacturers are now selling Level-2 charging points with solar charging included as an additional feature.
5. How often can I charge at home
Since charging at home is convenient and cost-effective, most drivers with electric cars do most of their charging at home. An advantage of charging in your family garage is the low residential electricity rates. If you charge your car daily at home, the cost would likely be less than running an air conditioner. On the other hand, if you are living in a shared building, you might not be able to charge as often as you would in your own private garage.
The most convenient routine to charge at home is charging overnight. The Department of Energy predicts that soon more than 90 percent of electric car charging will be in residential settings. Advancements in the technology of electric car charging systems are focusing on developing systems that are capable of charging an electric vehicle in a matter of minutes. However, this would essentially require electric car manufacturers to redesign the electronics of the vehicle to support extremely fast charging capacity.
Wireless electric car charging through inductive systems is also an emerging technology and will be commercially available in the near future. Inductive chargers would be implanted in the parking spots or the road itself. If inductive charging is successful, it would have a significant impact on the frequency of charging at home charging points.
The frequency with which you charge your vehicle at home would also have an impact on your electricity bill. In most parts of the UK, if you charge your vehicle daily at home, you can expect an increase of about £50 a month in your electricity bill. Nevertheless, this cost is still much lesser than filling at an equivalent amount of gas in your car from a gas station.
In general, there is no restriction on how often you can charge your electric car at home. It depends more on your requirement along with the efficiency of your charging system and a car battery.
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