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Powering Up: Electrical Insights for EV Charging at Home

submitted on 4 December 2023 by

Home, Sweet Home

Listen up, all you hep cats in your gas-guzzling jalopies. The revolution is here, and it's electric. No, I'm not talking about that groovy, mind-expanding rock 'n roll. I'm talking about electric vehicles (EVs). So buckle up, step on the landmine, and let's dive into this brave new world of home EV charging. Because if you're not charging at home, you're missing out on all the fun. So let's shed some light and help you cats understand how to charge your electric vehicle at home without blowing a fuse.

A Tale of Two Chargers

First things first, let's clear the air on chargers. There are two main types of chargers for your electric vehicle: Level 1 and Level 2. Now, don't go thinking these are some secret gadgets to power your spy car. In reality, they're as simple as can be.Level 1 charging is the basic, bare-bones, no-frills option. It's a simple 120-volt charger that plugs into your run-of-the-mill household outlet. The kind you use for your toaster or your lava lamp. It's perfect for the casual commuter who only travels a handful of miles each day. But don't expect any miracles. The Level 1 charger takes a whopping 8 to 20 hours to charge your EV, depending on the size of your battery. It's like waiting for paint to dry or for your grandma to tell a story. If you've got time to kill, then this charger is right up your alley.Now, Level 2 charging is where the real excitement begins. This bad boy supplies 240 volts of pure, unadulterated electricity to your EV, cutting the charging time down to a mere 4 to 8 hours. You'll need to call in a certified electrician to install it, but once it's up and running, you'll be living in the fast lane. Just like James Dean. Except, you know, without the tragic ending.

Money, Money, Money

Now let's talk dough. Because let's face it, we're all slaves to the almighty dollar. Thankfully, charging your EV at home won't break the bank. In fact, it can save you a pretty penny. The average cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in the United States is around 12 cents. A typical EV requires about 30 kWh to charge, so you'll be spending about $3.60 per charge. Compare that to the $3 a gallon for gas, and you'll see why the electric revolution is taking the world by storm.But don't go counting your chickens just yet. The cost to charge your EV will vary depending on a few factors, such as your local electricity rates and the time of day you choose to charge. Some utility companies even offer special EV charging rates, so be sure to give your local provider a call and see if they can cut you a deal.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Now, no one likes waiting around. But when it comes to EV charging, a little patience can go a long way. Charging your EV during off-peak hours can save you some serious coin. Many utility companies offer lower rates for electricity used during certain times of the day when demand is low. So instead of plugging in your EV the second you get home from work, try waiting until the wee hours of the night when everyone else is tucked into their beds, dreaming of a world without fossil fuels.

Sharing Is Caring

If you're fortunate enough to have more than one electric vehicle in your household, congratulations! You're doing your part to save the planet and look cool doing it. However, sharing a charger can be a bit of a challenge. Much like siblings fighting over the remote control, EV owners may find themselves fighting over charger time.But fear not, for there are solutions! Dual-port Level 2 chargers allow for two EVs to charge simultaneously, cutting down on all those petty arguments about who gets to use the charger first. It may cost a little extra upfront, but the peace and harmony it brings to your household will be priceless.

Wrapping It Up

So there you have it, folks. Charging your EV at home doesn't have to be a headache. With a little bit of know-how and some patience, you can power up your electric vehicle without breaking a sweat or the bank. So go forth and embrace the electric revolution. And remember, it's hip to be green. Just ask Kermit the Frog.
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