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Basic Guide on Charging an Electric Car

Basic Guide on Charging an Electric Car by Add On Electric - Albuquerque NM Electrical Company

Charging an electric car could not be easier than it already is. Charging an electric vehicle, on the other hand, can need some getting used to if you were raised in an environment where people drove cars powered by fossil fuels and purchased gasoline at gas stations. This article will walk you through the fundamentals of charging an electric vehicle.

How does one connect the charging cord to an electric vehicle?

Every electric vehicle has a connection to connect to a charging station. To enable you to plug in the connector, the port opens like an internal combustion engine (ICE) fuel tank cap. Some electric vehicle models have a charging outlet located in the front center console, while others have it on the side of the vehicle. It is essential to make a mental note of the position of your charging port to ensure that the charging station is installed on the right side. The type of plug used in your vehicle’s charging port is determined by the type of port on your vehicle. In the United States, for instance, J1772 plugs are used for Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. However, depending on the manufacturer, Level 3 or DC chargers could be CHAdeMO or CCS.

Where can I have my electric vehicle charged up?

In contrast to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, electric automobiles do not need to be driven to a gas station to be refueled, which is one of the many advantages of owning an electric vehicle. There are two different methods by which you may charge your electric vehicle.

EV charging at your house

Your gas- or electric-powered vehicle may be charged at home in the garage. Since the charging station is your personal property, you can use it whenever and for whatever length you want, making it an extremely handy option. You can purchase a Level 2 charger to put in your home or use the Level 1 charger that came with your vehicle. Level 2 charging, on the other hand, is far more rapid and will rapidly bring your battery up to capacity.

Can I use a standard plug to charge an electric vehicle?

The correct response is “yes.” A Level 1 charger uses a plug compatible with regular household outlets and operates at 120 volts. However, although it is typically included in the price of the vehicle and does not require the purchase of any extra hardware, the method of charging is the slowest since it can only add between two and five miles per hour of charging. When you plug your vehicle in for an extended period, there is also a possibility that both the cable and the socket may become warm due to the wiring. This is still another drawback. 

The public bears the costs.

DC chargers also charge your car in public, which is very useful if you need to power your vehicle quickly. Due to the high installation cost, they are unsuitable for use in private settings such as homes. DC charging is often provided by private corporations that operate the stations as part of a larger network, like gas stations. Examples include ChargePoint, EVgo, Electrify America, etc.

How can I determine whether the battery is fully charged?

There are a few different methods available to choose from to determine whether your battery has been fully charged. When you plug in your vehicle, the battery status indicator on your vehicle, regardless of the kind, will update. To determine whether the battery in your vehicle is fully charged, you need only check the instrument cluster. When you plug your device into certain charging stations, the station may also display the current battery level. On a screen, they present both this information and the charging speeds. Because of this, you may not need to enter your vehicle to check the remaining percentage of the battery. Even better, some charging stations have smartphone apps that allow remote monitoring of the charging process. Even if you are a long way from the vehicle, you should still be able to get a notification when the battery is fully charged.

Should I expect to pay a fee to charge my electric vehicle?

The answer is “yes” and “no” simultaneously. When you charge up your device at home, the cost of the power it consumes is factored into your monthly electricity utility payment. On the other hand, if you install your solar panels, you can sell the renewable energy collected by the solar panels. You will be required to pay a fee when you use DC chargers provided by a third party through public charging. While other charging networks will charge you directly, some will require you to maintain membership to use their services.

If you take advantage of destination charging, when public facilities offer you a charger while you visit, you might not have to pay for the charge at all.

Conclusion

Many people who shop for cars may need to become more familiar with electric vehicles. On the other hand, charging the battery is a simple process.

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