Frequently Asked Questions About Electric Car Charging
Making the switch to an electric car is becoming more and more appealing by the day. No matter the current state of fuel prices, not relying on a gas station to get to where you need to go is something every driver can get behind. But electric cars need refueling too, and the process differs from refueling a regular vehicle. To help demystify the recharging process for potential buyers, here is everything you need to know about charging an electric vehicle.
How Long Does Recharging Take?
The time needed to fully recharge your vehicle’s battery depends on which level of charging connection you have access to. Charging connections range from Level 1 to Level 3, Level 1 being the slowest and Level 3 being the fastest.
Level 1 charging can restore as much as 3 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging to your vehicle, while Level 2 can restore as much as 12 to 80 miles in the same time. Level 3, the fastest charging connection, can restore 3 to 20 miles of range per minute of charging!
Can I Recharge at Home?
Yes, you can! One of the best perks of an electric vehicle is the ability to recharge at home while your vehicle is not in use. Level 1 charging cords are always included with your electric vehicle upon purchase, but for faster charging you’ll have to do some set-up.
Level 2 connections require access to a 240V outlet or a charging station, both of which will require the help of an electrician to install. Be sure to reach out to the Patriot Chevy Limerick service center for more information about the process. We can point you in the right direction, and even cover the installation costs with your purchase of a new 2022 Chevy Bolt EV or Chevy Bolt EUV.
At this time, level 3 charging stations are not available for residential use.
How Do I Locate Public Charging Stations?
First, you’re going to need to figure out which charging port your vehicle uses, as this will determine which stations are available for use. For example, the Chevy Bolt EUV uses a different charging cable than a Tesla vehicle, making Tesla Charging Stations incompatible.
This information will be included in your vehicle’s manual. Once you know, you can use a smartphone application like ChargePoint or PlugShare to find your local compatible stations.
So now that you know just about everything you need to know about charging an electric vehicle, why not come see what these vehicles have to offer? Make your way down to Patriot Chevy Limerick today to try out a model like the Chevy Bolt EV or Chevy Bolt EUV and let them speak for themselves on the road. You may find yourself finally ready to make the switch!