The popularity and demand for electric cars are growing every day at an incremental rate. However, before buying an electric car, essential factors which need to be considered before purchasing an electric-car is how you will charge your electric car
Various options are available for charging 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 residential EV Charging Station installed in the parking area of the vehicle.
Apart from the charging options available at home, public charging stations in commercial areas are also becoming quite common. These charging points are very useful for top-up charging in case you are on a long journey.
Electric car charging points for business are a relatively new but a fast-growing concept. 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
Advantages of Charging Electric Cars at Home
There are numerous benefits of using electric cars. First of all, electric cars are much more environmental friendly than conventional cars, which run on petrol or diesel as do not contribute to the harmful exhaust emissions into the atmosphere. Electric cars charged through solar-powered charging stations are even more environmentally friendly.
It is widely reported that electric cars are significantly cheaper to run compared to conventional cars. The amount of electricity consumed in charging an electric vehicle is not more than a normal electric appliance at home, such as an air conditioner or a microwave oven.
How to install an electric car charging station at home
Installation of a Level-2 Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station is normally done by professionals for having undergone specialized training. A residential EV 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 for a Home EV Charging Installation. 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. Electric work is also a recognised safety hazard, and it is always better to let an experienced professional handle electric work.
Electric Car Charger Home Installation through a service company would cost between £500 and £1,500.
Can I charge my car from the mains?
One of the most convenient ways of charging your electric car is through the 120-V electricity main supply at home. In order to do this, all you need is an electric charging cable to connect your vehicle to the 120-V main supply. This cable is usually included with your electric car.
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, it is 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 example, 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, there 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.
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