For most drivers switching from conventional petrol or diesel-powered vehicles to electric vehicles (“EVs”), charging is one of their biggest concerns. Charging an EV is quite different from stopping at a gas station and filling the tank; EV drivers have several charging options at their disposal, depending on their circumstances. They can charge overnight at home, during the day at the office or at compatible public EV charging stations.
According to a study by JD Power, dedicated home charging is the most preferred method of charging by electric vehicle owners. For countries looking to meet climate goals and reduce carbon emissions, clearing all the mystery and misinformation around EV charging and giving potential EV drivers a clear picture of what they can expect can help increase EV adoption. Released last week, JD Power’s first U.S Electrical Vehicle Experience (“EVX”) Home Charging Study may help get the ball rolling.
Most drivers who are considering purchasing an electric vehicle are often plagued by questions of public charging. However, they usually think that recharging EVs is similar to refueling a gas car, asking about where or how they can find stations, how long it takes to recharge, and how much it costs. However, the study found that charging an EV doesn’t usually involve leaving home and traveling to another place.
Close to 80% of EVs are charged either at home, usually overnight, or while the car is parked during the day. So for potential EV drivers, the main question on their minds shouldn’t be where the public charging stations are. Rather potential EV drivers should be evaluating whether they can charge their vehicle at home or at work.
For home charging, EV owners have basic three options. EVs come with a portable charging cord that can plug into a 120-volt, or Level 1, household outlet. While using these outlets is relatively easy, they are extremely slow, adding as few as four miles of range per hour. Recent EV models have charging cords that can charge through higher-power 240-volt or Level 2 plugs, allowing for faster charging.
The last option is to install a standalone 240-volt Level 2 charging station at home, either in the garage or outside, and preferably next to a parking spot. Data from JD Power shows that EV drivers are happiest when they have a dedicated Level 2 charging station — and with good reason. Such a charger can add 18 to 30 miles of range per hour of charge, allowing drivers to fill their EVs up overnight without having to worry about finding a public charging station.
Away from battery-electric vehicles, Clean Power Capital Corp. (CSE: MOVE) (FWB: 2K6A) (OTC: MOTNF) has placed its faith in another form of renewable energy — hydrogen fuel cells — as this form of energy has proved to be cost efficient as well as produce fewer emissions and require less refueling time.
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