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If you’ve been hit hard by rising gas prices in the last six months, you’ve probably thought about getting an electric vehicle.
Or maybe you already own one, and you’re looking to up your game when it comes to EV (Electric Vehicle) charging.
At 128, we can help you, regardless of where you find yourself on your EV journey. We know all about charging, and we recently added an electric vehicle to our 128 fleet.
We’re a great resource for EVs, and our electricians can easily help you install a charging station at your home or business.
There’s a lot to know about a typical EV charge, and at first glance, it may seem complex. But we can simplify it. We’ll walk you through the basics of an EV charge, give you some tips, and tell you what we can do for you when it comes to installing an EV charger.
The Three Levels of EV Charging
There are three levels of EV charging, so let’s start with the simplest one. Appropriately, it’s called Level 1, and literally, anyone can do it.
That’s a remarkable statement, but it’s true. All you have to know how to do is plug your vehicle’s electric battery into a standard 120V outfit and wait for the charge to take place.
The bad news is that you’ll be waiting for a while. If you’ve run your battery down to the point where you can’t risk driving, you’ll have to wait more than a day for a full charge.
Let’s take the example of a basic electric vehicle like a Chevy Bolt. With these cars, it will take you 40 hours to do a full charge, and each hour will add 5 miles to the driving range of your vehicle.
While you’re waiting, remember that it’s not a good idea to run your battery down too low all the time. Forgetting to charge your EV battery is one thing, and so is the occasional need to push your vehicle to the limits of its driving range.
If you do it constantly, though, you run the risk of damaging your battery and batteries are one of the most expensive parts of an electronic vehicle.
Level 2 Charging
Now let’s talk about a Level 2 charge. Choosing Level 2 will save you a lot of time—you can expect a full charge in about 9 hours, which is one reason so many people choose Level 2 charging as part of their routine for daily commuting.
Using a regular wall outlet is not going to cut it. The voltage required to do a Level 2 charge is 220/240V, which means you’ll need the same kind of heavy-duty outlet you may have already installed for your clothes dryer.
The faster performance usually makes it worth installing this kind of outlet. You’ll be adding about 6 kW of electrical power per charging hour, and each hour will add 25 miles to your vehicle’s driving range.
Not only that, but 128 can do the charging station installation and help educate you on how it works. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about your EV, best of all, this can all be done in a single visit.
We’ll cover the specifications for your battery and your EV, tell you how the charging levels are measured, and we’ll let you know what to look for, should you have problems.
We’ll take care of any issues that involve the charging station, which means we’ll cover both ongoing maintenance and any necessary repairs.
So what does that all mean? It means you can relax and have the peace of mind that your EV will be charged and ready to go, whether you’re heading to work or jumping in the car to have some fun.
We can also help you with charging stations. If you’re hitting the road for a longer trip, you need to know where Level 2 charging stations are located in Massachusetts, and you need information about which ones are reliable.
We know all the ins and outs when it comes to these kinds of charging stations, so you’ll be able to plan your trip accurately down to the last mile. Best of all, you won’t have to do any daily nail-biting about whether gas prices are going up or down.
Level 3 Vehicle Charging Station
Now let’s talk about really fast charging. That’s what Level 3 is all about, and the chargers that provide this speed are also known as DC chargers or DCFC chargers.
They can charge your typical EV in a little over an hour, and they operate at a voltage level of 40V while charging your EV at a rate of 50-60 kV per hour.
The downside of Level 3 is cost. The typical price for a Level 3 charge that will give you 200 miles of range is about $30, so you’ll need to factor that amount into your daily or weekly budget, especially if you’re commuting a significant distance.
You may want to consider using Level 3 as a top-off option while relying on your 128-installed Level 2 charger to help save some money.
Level 3 is also a great option if you’re going to be doing a lot of long road trips. Once again, 128 can help you find the Level 3 chargers you need, and we can help you budget your trip, too.
At this point, you probably want to know about having a Level 3 charger installed, but in most cases, it’s simply not a practical option as a home install. We do this kind of installation for larger commercial businesses, but for the majority of our residential customers, a Level 2 EV charger install is the best option by far.
Charge Up Your EV and Take the Next Step
If you’re going to take advantage of the options we’ve presented here, give us a call us. The best numbers to reach us are (888) 419-4233, or you can use (781) 670-3261, and when you call us we’ll answer your questions and schedule you for an EV charger installation.
You can also go to 128Plumbing.com and start a live chat, and we have some great blogs and articles there to help educate you about EVs, how they work and what’s involved in getting a charger installed.