Electric vehicles (EVs) are an excellent way to reduce your fuel costs throughout the year, and they are environmentally conscious. They are also convenient, and you can charge them using your household electrical system if you have an EV charger installed. Here are a few tips for choosing the right EV charger for your vehicle.
EV Charger Cost
You have many types of chargers from which to choose. They range in price from around $200 to over $1,000, not including installation. Cost should not be the main concern when it comes to choosing a charger. A cheap charger could cost you more if it damages your car battery or your home’s electrical wiring. You should always emphasize quality when it comes to the charger you purchase.
Level 1 or Level 2
Chargers for your home come as Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. A Level 1 charger is slower than a Level 2. A Level 1 charger typically charges four miles of driving per hour. By comparison, a Level 2 charger is capable of about 32 miles of driving range per hour and can charge a car from empty to full overnight. This can take several days with a Level 1 charger.
Consult Your Manufacturer’s Recommendations
Some manufacturers provide charging kits that can be installed when you purchase the vehicle. In this case, you should always use the charger provided because it is made for your make and model. In other cases, the manufacturer will specify certain types of chargers that are compatible with the car. You should always use a recommended charger, or you could damage your battery.
PHEV or EV
Whether you have a PHEV or pure EV also affects the type of charger you choose. PHEVs typically have smaller batteries than EVs and require smaller chargers. By comparison, PHEVs have batteries between 5-20 kWh, and EVs are typically between 60-100 kWh.
It is important to avoid using a charger that is not designed for your make and model. If you have two EVs and the chargers are not compatible, it is important not to use them on the incorrect vehicle. Also, EV charger installation is something that should be left to a qualified electrician. You should never attempt the installation of an EV charger yourself.
Rush Electric has been serving Memphis, TN and surrounding areas for over 18 years. Through the years, we have established a solid reputation for quality and reliability. We provide prompt service and have experienced technicians who are ready for any electrical need you might have. If you need an EV charger installed in your home, surge protection, lighting, generator installation, or commercial services, contact us, and we will be happy to help.