Electric vehicles or EV's are quickly becoming a popular option for car buyers. If you're considering making the switch to an EV, there are a few things you should know about charging them. Here are the top five things to keep in mind when charging an EV:

 

1.How do I find public chargers?

If you’re planning a longer trip or want the peace of mind of knowing you have options for charging while on the road, there are a few ways to find public chargers. App-based services like ChargePoint, PlugShare and Recargo can help you locate

 

public chargers, often with user-generated reviews and directions. In addition, many automakers have their own apps and websites that can help you find public chargers compatible with your vehicle.

 

2.How much does it cost to charge an EV?

The cost of charging an EV will depend on the price of electricity in your area as well as the size of your vehicle’s battery. In general, it will cost you about $0.12 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to charge an EV with a 75 kWh battery. This works out to be about $9 to charge a completely empty battery. However, most people will only need to charge their EVs for a few hours at a time, which would cost less than $9.

 

3.How long does it take to charge an EV?

The time it takes to charge an EV will depend on the type of charger you are using as well as the size of your vehicle’s battery. A Level 1 charger, which is the slowest type of charger, can add about 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging. A Level 2 charger, which is faster, can add about 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging. And finally, a DC fast charger, the fastest type of charger, can add about 60 to 80 miles of range in just 30 minutes.

 

4.How far can I drive on a single charge?

The distance you can drive on a single charge will depend on the size of your vehicle’s battery as well as your driving habits. For example, if you have a 75 kWh battery and you’re driving at a constant speed of 65 mph, you can expect to travel about 300 miles before needing to recharge. However, if you’re driving in stop-and-go traffic or at a higher speed, your range will be lower.

 

5.What should I do if my EV runs out of charge?

If you find yourself in the situation where your EV has run out of charge and there are no public chargers nearby, you can always call for a tow truck. Most tow truck drivers are familiar with EVs and will know how to safely transport your vehicle to the nearest charger.

To find out more about EV chargers, contact one of our experts today!

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