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Why it makes sense to choose electric vehicles over traditional fuel-driven vehicles

Charging electric cars at home is the usual norm as almost 80% of drivers prefer it. After parking the vehicle at the end of the day, you can plug in the charger to drive out the vehicle ready to run through the day. Having an idea about the options of charging an electric vehicle at home will make the task easy when using a level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charger.

Charging level

When looking for home charging solutions, you have two options – Level and level 2 charging

Level1 charging – Many electric vehicles that include a charger are the ones meant for Level1 charging. You can plug one end of the chargers into a standard outlet of 120 volts and the other end directly connected to the car. It takes 20 hours to charge 200 kilometers or 124 miles.

Level2 charging – Level2 chargers do not come along with the cars but are sold separately, which you can buy when purchasing the car. It consists of a charging station that you can install at a place where you park the vehicle. These chargers use a 240-volt outlet, and depending on the car and charger, the charging speed can be 3 to 7 times faster than charging with a Level1 charger. All the chargers have an SAE J1772 connecter, but you need an electrician to install the charging station.

For faster charging, the usual recommendation is to use Level2 chargers that allow using the electric vehicle’s full potential. Since governments are encouraging the use of electric vehicles, incentives are available to help with the purchase and cost of installation.

Here are the advantages of using Level2 charging.

It takes a few hours for a fully charged battery

If you are using a plug-in hybrid electric car, then the charging is 3 times faster with a Level2 charging system, and for a fully electric car, the speed goes up to 5 to 7 times than a level1 charger. To charge a 30 kWh battery entirely takes 4 hours that allows you to make maximum use of the vehicle, especially when you are hard-pressed for time and cannot spare too much time for charging.

Start your day full charge

Evenings and nights are the best times for home charging. Connect the charger to your vehicle after parking, and when you 3wake up the following day, the vehicle is ready, charged fully. The range of most electric vehicles suits the average daily travel that assures a trouble free drive without stopping interim for charging. It saves time because the charging happens during your idle time.

Save cost when charging

Since the cost of residential or domestic electricity is lower than the commercial electricity rates of the public charging stations, charging your electric vehicle at home will save costs. To work out the cost-saving, you must compare the electricity consumption in kWh per 100 miles multiplied by the price of each unit of electricity in kWh with that of the consumption of fuel per 100 miles multiplied by the price of a gallon of gasoline.

Electric vehicles are not only cost-efficient, but their environment friendliness is a big attraction.

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