Refueling a gas-powered vehicle is fairly straightforward and can be completed in about five minutes. On the other hand, recharging electric vehicles is not as simple or quick. For instance, not every electric vehicle accepts the same amounts of power, plus there are also various types of connectors used.
Another factor you should consider is that there are three different levels of EV charging that determine how long it may take to charge an electric vehicle. Take the time to read this article from Green Air Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. to understand the different levels of EV charging.
Level 1: Ideal for Plug-in Hybrids
In general, Level 1 chargers are ideal for plug-in hybrids. This is because Level 1 chargers take a long time to charge the battery in a hybrid or electric car, usually adding only three to five miles per hour of charging. Even if you plug in your vehicle for eight hours at work, you may only get 24 to 40 miles of range while charging. As such, if you are using full-electric vehicles, Level 1 charging is not a good option.
Level 2: Best for Charging EVs at Home or Work
Meanwhile, all-electric vehicles need regular access to a Level 2 charger, which means you may need one at home. Level 2 chargers can deliver 12 to 80 miles of charge per hour, making it a step above the Level 1 charger. Moreover, Level 2 chargers are typically available in public areas for a very low cost per minute connected – a smart choice if you’re going to be at work for a few hours.
Level 3: Use for Long Trips
Level 3 chargers use direct current or DC instead of the alternating current or AC of Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. Thanks to the thicker cable and a more substantial plug, Level 3 chargers are 15 times faster than Level 2 chargers, making them the best solution to charge your electric vehicle quickly. However, Level 3 chargers come with a high upfront cost, which means you may only find them along well-traveled highways to allow drivers to charge during long trips.
Our professional team at Green Air Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. offers a range of products for EV charging stations. We’re a certified installer with Tesla, and we offer Tesla and ClipperCreek products to keep your vehicle fully powered and ready to go.
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