6 Benefits of Home EV Chargers
An electric vehicle is an investment in the future, but it comes with a lot of new ways of doing things that you may not be used to if you’re just leaving the world of combustion engines. One of the biggest issues electric car owners face is how to keep their cars charged up so they’re ready for the day ahead. There are several things you can do to extend your electric vehicle's mileage range on one charge, of course, but being able to charge securely and safely in your own garage is one of the best benefits of home EV chargers. Here are some more benefits:
1. Home EV Chargers are Convenient
Public electric vehicle charging stations are nowhere near as common or convenient as gas stations. Not yet, anyway. This leaves you with the need to plan your routes to find them, and if you do, they may be out of service or in use by another EV driver. With a home EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) in your own garage, you can simply plug in when you need to and be ready for the day in most cases.
2. Home Electric Vehicle Chargers Give you More Control
Today’s home car chargers possess technologically-advanced settings you can program to schedule and maintain the battery according to the specifications of your particular model of electric vehicle. This gives you more control over the charging process and helps you extend battery life and mileage range.
3. An EVSE Can Save You Money Over Time
There are several costs to owning an EV: The price of the car, maintenance costs, and yes, the cost of installing an EV charger at home must be factored in as well. It also costs money to charge at a public charging station; often more than it would cost to charge at home. Fortunately, however, charging your electric car overnight (during off-peak hours) can save you money, and you won’t have to deal with the fluctuating (and often high) cost of filling up at the gas station. EVSE installation will cost more upfront, but it will save you money and hassle in the long run.
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4. Longer Battery Life with a Home Electric Car Charger
Just like any other battery, your electric vehicle’s battery will wear out over time. There are ways, however, to lengthen battery life for as long as possible. Public charging stations are often those “fast charge” spots, and while they are great when you’re in a pinch, they do tend to wear the battery down faster if you rely on them. Using a home charging station that you can configure and charge to the optimal amount at the manufacturer-recommended speed will make your battery last longer.
5. An EVSE at Home Can Boost Your Home’s Value
As electric vehicles become more and more common, homebuyers will be more inclined to choose your home and pay more for it (should you want to sell it) knowing that you already have an EVSE installed so they don’t have to.
6. Be a Part of Lowering Emissions for the Earth
Of course, one of the best home EV charger advantages is that you are doing something good for our community and our earth. Every electric vehicle that replaces a gas-powered vehicle reduces the earth’s CO2 load by an average of 1.5 million grams, or a little less than 4 airline flights between Washington D.C. and Orlando, Florida.So, if you’re in the market for an electric vehicle now, make sure to read our primer on what you need to know before you buy an EV, and factor in getting an electric vehicle charging station installed at your home. You can also check out our electric vehicle FAQs for more information. And don’t hesitate to contact us here at Root Electric with any questions you still need to have answered! We install home EV chargers all across Northern Virginia, so we can help you get ready for your next car!
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