Your Questions About Charging an EV at Home, Answered

If you have ever thought about going green and switching to an electric car, you must have considered exactly how you would charge and recharge it. Unlike the nascent EV industry, combustion engine vehicles have been around for decades and the infrastructure needed to keep them running is basically sewn into the fabric of civilization. But, if you’re buying a sweet new electric car, there are fewer resources at hand, and you probably have a ton of questions about how you’ll charge it, especially at home.

You may also be wondering how long it takes to fully charge an electric vehicle. Behyad Jafari, CEO of Electric Vehicle Council, explains that there are three main varieties of charging portals EV owners can use to charge their cars. First are ordinary wall sockets which take about 18-24 hours, wall boxes which take four hours and fast chargers which take around 40 minutes to fully charge an empty battery. Fast chargers are usually installed in pubic charging stations either in public car parks or on the street.

According to Jafari, if you’re looking to install your own personal charger at home, a wall box is far more suitable than a fast charger. “Fast chargers are very expensive and with the amount of power they need you’d be putting it at a public site,” he says. Jafari adds that when installing a wall box in your own house, “usually the company you bought the car from will have an arrangement in place, some cars come with it and for some, it’s an optional extra.” The automaker may also partner with a supplier who will be dispatched to install wall boxes in the homes of new car owners.

For those living in rental properties, installing a permanent wall box may be impossible. However, you may still have other options at your disposal, Jafari says. “We’re seeing investment in things like providers temporarily installing chargers in rental properties and then taking them away again when they move. We’ve also seen chargers attached to street light poles with two or three spots for electric vehicle charging, and its community knowledge that you don’t park in those unless you need to charge an EV.”

If you cannot or don’t want to install a wall box in your home, “the other option is the undesirable approach some people take which is to hang an extension cord out of the house and into your car,” he says. “A lot of cars come with a plug that has one end to go into the car and the other will look like a regular power plug. It usually comes with the car but there are several websites where you can buy different adapters too.”

Analysts say forward-looking companies like Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) would willingly work with companies trying to make EV charging facilities more affordable for car buyers.

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