More people have been thinking of trying to switch from oil-dependent vehicles
to electric cars. However, many of the same individuals are also intimidated
by the numbers of gas vs. charging stations available near them. While
this might not be a problem in larger cities, more rural locations can
run into charging issues. This is why charging your vehicle at home is
so important. Around 88% of electric vehicle drivers refuel at home or at work.
Depending on your car, you might need different levels of charge. A level
1 charger uses wall sockets in the average home. However, 1 charge could
take about 22 hours to complete. A level 2 charger is a little better.
It works with a 240-volt wall outlet and can give you around 70 miles
per charging hour. You can use the same outlet as your washer and dryer,
but having a dedicated outlet for your car can help you prevent potential
problems from alternating electricity flows.
A level 3 charger is the fastest and most efficient option for charging
an electric car. Level 3 chargers, also called DC fast chargers, use a
special charging port to get power to the battery while bypassing the
car’s onboard charger. With this kind of station, you can fully
charge your vehicle in a half hour.
Worried about the cost? Some electric vehicles are eligible for a tax credit
from the federal government. Internal Revenue Code Section 30D provides
a credit for qualified plug-in electric cars if they were purchased after
December 31, 2009. See the
IRS website for more information.
If you would like to
install a charger, you’ll need to call an electrician to get the job done safely.
Marietta electricians at Lightning Bug Electric for a free estimate. We are available around
the clock, and our technicians are both professional and reliable. Trust
our 25 years of experience to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Call us at (404) 471-3847 or
fill out our online form to request a service today.