Although many Americans still drive gas-powered cars, electric vehicles are becoming more popular with each passing year. In fact, EVs will make up 54% of new car sales worldwide by 2040. With so many drivers eager to become EV owners, it’s understandable that a number of questions would come up — especially in regards to charging.
One great way to attract new employees and customers is to install smart electric car charging stations. If you’re new to EVs, you likely have some questions about how to charge. Here’s what you need to know about electric vehicle charging now.
How Do You Charge an Electric Car?
Essentially, there are two main ways that you might charge an electric vehicle. The first is with a standard electrical outlet. Many EVs can be plugged into such an outlet, like one you might find in a garage, with a heavy-duty extension cord. However, because these kinds of outlets have smaller outputs (typically around 120 volts of electricity), this type of charging can take an entire day.
The other method is to use a Level 2 EV charging station, which runs on 208/240V (about the same amount as a washing machine). Level 2 charging stations will typically give an EV 25 miles of range per charging hour – a full charge in just a few hours! Homeowners can install a basic station in their garage, or they can ask their workplace or apartment community to install commercial charging stations that are designed for shared use. The best commercial charging stations use a smart network, which allows the station owner to monitor usage, restrict access, and recoup energy costs.
To use a wall outlet or a non-networked charging station, simply plug the charging cable into your car. To use a networked station, you’ll want to first make sure that you have network access to the station. At a SemaConnect station, simply initiate your charge by mobile app, 1-800 number, or SemaConnect pass, then plug in your vehicle.
Is It Possible to Over-Charge an EV?
Technically speaking, no. Electric vehicles have built-in systems that manage the charge and ensure that you won’t overdo it. That said, EV batteries don’t last forever. With each charge, lithium batteries lose a little bit of their overall life. Some charging is harder on batteries than others, which means that exclusively relying on DC fast charging stations will likely degrade your EV battery more quickly. This is why Level 2 charging stations, such as the Series 5 and Series 6, are recommended for daily use. Some experts recommend that you never charge more than 80% in order to extend battery life, but that might not always be possible in all circumstances. What matters most is that you won’t risk ruining your battery by over-charging; once the battery is fully charged, it won’t exceed your capacity.
Are Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Really Necessary?
While it’s possible to charge your car via a conventional 110V outlet, it’s not an ideal scenario for any EV owner. Charging is slow, meaning that owners may need to devote upwards of 12 hours for this purpose. Further, drivers who don’t have access to a home garage need access to charging stations at their workplace, apartment, retailer, or hotel. Public charging stations makes it easier for car owners to buy an electric car.
If you own or manage a business or property, you may be wondering whether it’s worth it to explore all the available electric car charging stations for sale. Installing charging stations on-site can be an excellent way to appeal to potential hires and tenants, as it provides the electricity they need to power their car and proves your company’s commitment to sustainability. It can also encourage more time spent at your business, which could translate to increased spending. And finally, since popular navigation apps now highlight the locations of EV stations, installing some in your parking can be a genius way to put your business on the map (literally!).
Whether you drive an electric vehicle, or you simply want to attract EV owners to your property, installing electric car charging stations can be a way to accomplish your goals. For more information, please contact us today.
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