Are you the proud owner of an EV or plug-in hybrid vehicle? Make the most of this investment with the installation of an EV charging station. Learn of the benefits and whether this is for you. This may help you maximize your vehicle’s range between commutes.
How Does an EV Charging Station Work?
Home charging stations are also known as level two chargers. In terms of power, they sit between level one chargers in a standard outlet and level three public chargers. These units vary in price from $300 on the low end to $1,500 in the premium range. Some of the higher-end models also require professional installation.
Why Should You Install an EV Charging Station?
A home EV charging station is completely optional. Your standard wall outlet is perfectly capable of charging a model like the Kia Niro EV or Kia Niro Plug-in hybrid. The benefits of a level two charger come down to the power.
A standard wall outlet provides 110-volts, or around 10 amps of power. For a 100-mile-range battery, a full charge of a fully drained battery can take upwards of 25 hours.
By contrast, a level two charger provides 240-volts, or roughly 25 amps of power. A full charge of a 100-mile-range battery takes just four to five hours.
Do I Need a Level Two Charger?
A home EV charging station may be suitable for drivers who meet the following:
- Drive long distances often and nearly drain the battery each trip
- Need the battery fully charged first thing in the morning
- Need to partially charge the vehicle midday
Visit Folsom Lake Kia to see our range of EVs and PHEVs. A home EV charging station will definitely go great with an all-electric or plug-in hybrid car purchase.