Media attention on government plans to build an infrastructure to support electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. highways may have heightened range anxiety in those considering EVs.
However, support for electric cars already exists in many parts of the country, where more EVs can be seen on the roadways every month.
Read on to learn more about on how long it takes to charge an electric car at public charging stations and the availability of chargers.
In many ways, charging your EV is a lot like charging your phone. Ideally, you develop a habit of plugging in your car at night, just like your phone, and maybe charging while you work too. Many people carry a phone charger to plug in wherever they can. The same is somewhat true with an electric vehicle.
The big difference between charging your phone and your vehicle is that it can take a long time to fully charge an electric car using the plug it came with. Luckily, there are faster chargers available in public settings that can give you more range or a complete charge in about an hour.
Here are the three types of EV chargers:
Most automakers around the world are manufacturing EVs. However, just like differences in electrical plugs required in different parts of the world, the automakers use different types of EV connectorsto charge an electric car.
Don’t worry, you have these adapters to choose from:
Much like miles per gallon can vary, an electric vehicle’s driving range per charge can also vary based on driving experience. Things that can affect your range include driving too fast, riding the brakes, heavy use of the air conditioning or heater, and climbing mountains.
While driving affects the mileage you get per full charge, there are other factors that affect the time required to charge an electric car:
Another factor that affects charging time is charger availability. Most shopping centers, office buildings, hotels and tourist destinations are putting in charge stations. Additionally, new companies are building networks of charging stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. These include EVGo, ChargeHub, PlugShare, Chargepoint, Electrify America and Electrify Canada.
Most charging networks feature smartphone apps to help you locate charging stations near you. The apps tell you the types of chargers and connectors on site and charger availability. This helps ensure you can find a charger long before you are running low on power.
One of the most important facts to know about charging an EV is that 80% of charging is done at home, generally overnight, or while the vehicle is parked at work. Installing a charger that operates faster than Level 1 makes this possible for most.
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