As electric vehicles become more popular and mainstream, many homeowners in Tampa wonder about home charging stations. Sure there are many options around town to charge an electric or hybrid vehicle. But it can be pretty challenging to plan the time and location to charge your car for a few hours. So many homeowners are convinced that a home charger will take the difficulty out of keeping their EV ready at a moment’s notice.

Knowing Your Options

There are three levels of EV chargers available. The Level 1 charging station is the one that is typically included with an EV purchase and can be plugged into a standard 110-volt outlet. But it is essential to know that EV manufacturers recommend that you have your car plugged into a 110-volt outlet on a dedicated circuit. This is the best way to prevent any surges or spikes that could damage the costly components in your new car’s charging system.

The Level 2 charging station is the other common option found in many homes. This charger is more robust and requires a dedicated 240-volt outlet. These are the larger round outlets often used for an electric dryer. EV manufacturers recommend the brand and model of Level 2 charging station that is ideal for your EV, but they are not included in the purchase of the vehicle. Finally, there are Level 3 charging stations that are sometimes found in a private setting. However, these are most often installed in commercial locations, parking garages, or municipal charging lots.

What Will Work For Your Needs?

All of these charging stations have their pros and cons. The Level 1 units are the most affordable and easy to install. However, they are also the slowest to charge your vehicle. On average, a Level 1 charger will add between 2 and 5 miles to your car’s range in an hour of charge time. By comparison, a Level 2 charger will add between 10 and 60 miles to the same vehicle’s range in an hour of charging time.

Some of the factors to consider when selecting a charge are the vehicle you have purchased or are going to purchase and the driving you will be doing. If your EV will be driven only a few times a week and for a short distance, a Level 1 charger should be perfect for your needs. It is the most reasonable unit to purchase and have installed as well.

However, if you drive daily and cover a greater distance, a Level 2 charger is better. The faster charge will ensure that your vehicle is always charged and ready for the next day’s driving. While this is a more expensive charger, it will offer you more flexibility and distance for daily driving needs.

The Cost Savings Of Electricity Compared To Gasoline

If you are still in the planning stages of your EV purchase, you might wonder if these vehicles will save you any money. To better answer this often asked question, General Motors provided a few calculations. Using the average cost of electricity in the United States and the average amount of driving, they determined that an EV owner will spend from $300 to $400 per year to charge their new car. In contrast. AAA estimates that the average driver spends about $3,000 on gasoline each year. So you can expect a 90% reduction in the cost to power your new EV.

For a free, no-obligation price quote for an EV charging station installation, call (813) 359-1944. The licensed electricians at Mr. Electric will help you determine which unit will best meet your needs for affordable at-home electric vehicle charging.

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