Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The electrical vehicle is buzzing with popularity. Hybrids are still popular, but the demand for electric cars is becoming vast. Tesla has a specific market for electric cars and trucks. Other competitors that sell mostly internal combustion engines vehicles are fighting to get into the race for future in electric automobiles. Sooner than later everyone will be owning an electric hybrid vehicle that requires a charging station.
You may have seen a store parking lot with an area designated for charging electric vehicles. Those exact people who use them likely have a charge station of their own at home. If you are considering an electric vehicle you will have to consider owning a charge station too. Let ZZ Electric of Southern Oregon lead you to finding the right solution for your electric vehicle charge station. They have experience with estimating the job and installation of the product. The Best Electrician in Medford, OR
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The three types of electric vehicles
Before we drive off into the sunset, lets look into the three types of electrical/hybrids vehicles.
HEV - Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Hybrid Electrics Vehicles does not have a plug-in for charging. This vehicle relies on obtaining energy from the combustable engine and other elements through an electric propulsion system – (friction from braking, deceleration and other factors).
PHEV - Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles are exactly like the name states it. It functions like a Hybrid where it uses both combustable engines and an electric source. The battery can be charged by the combustable engine while it is in use, or it can be plugged in to a charge station when it is not. Giving you the best of both.
BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle
Battery Electric Vehicles are the future. They rely 100% on energy from the internal battery. Most electric cars are smart electronically and can be connected via an app on your phone. Allowing you to monitor everything about your car at your fingertip.
The three types of charging stations
Charging Station - AC Level 1
- Residential use and highly affordable.
- Average cost for installation, materials, and permits – $800
- Supply Power – 120VAC/20A (12-16 Amps Continuous)
- Vehicle Range + Charging Time and Power = 4 miles/hour @ 1.4kW, and 6 mile/hour @ 1.9 kW
Charging Station - AC Level 2
- Residential use and more expensive than the AC level 1
- Average cost for installation, materials, and permits – $1,500
- Supply Power – 208/240VAC/20-100A (16-80A continuous)
- Vehicle Range + Charging Time and Power = 10 miles/hour @ 3.4kW, 20 mi/hour @ 6.6kW, and 60 mi/hour @ 19.2 kW
Charging Station - AC/DC Fast Charging Level
- Used in public and high end businesses, very expensive.
- Average cost for installation, materials, and permits – $3,400
- 208/480VAC 3-phase (input current proportional to output power; ~20-400A AC)
- Vehicle Range + Charging Time and Power = 24 mile/20minutes @24kW, 50 mile/20minutes @50kW, and 90 mile/20minutes @90kW
*With all the cost upfront it seems daunting to your piggy bank, but do know that there are benefits to reap. Some pay off right away. The government has tax credits up to 30% for electrical vehicles. They want to pay you back for using less fossil fuels! Another payback that comes over time is the amount of money you will save on fuel and maintenance. In most cases those who uses electric cars save more than those counterparts that burn fossil fuel.
“It is widely believed that EVs are less expensive to maintain than ICEVs, through the reduction of routine scheduled services, decreased brake wear (from regenerative braking), and by result of having fewer fluids and moving parts to monitor.”
Citation –Hagman J., Ritzén S., Stier J.J., Susilo Y. Total cost of ownership and its potential implications for battery electric vehicle diffusion. Res. Transp. Bus. Manag. 2016; 18: 11-17
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