With the increasing number of options on the market and growing fanbase, there’s no doubt that electric vehicles are the future. They’re the hope for a sustainable solution aiming for a better future. But the technology is still in its infancy with regard to mainstream adoption, the charging sector being one of its biggest pitfalls. Here’s a look at some of the issues with charging electric vehicles:
The biggest concern expressed by most EV owners is the amount of time it can take to charge up their vehicle’s batteries. Not all chargers are built the same. In fact, there are actually three different kinds, each representing the level of charging it provides.
Most homes have either level one or level two chargers. Level one charging is very slow, taking several nights at a time to charge up the battery completely. Level two chargers are much faster—they use a 240V outlet and provide a charging time of 8 hours or so. Level three chargers are mostly commercial options and not feasible for the average home.
There are three different kinds of DC fast chargers available in the market. Most manufacturers opt for the SAE Combined Charging System. Tesla, on the other hand, is still using its proprietary Supercharger. CHAdeMO is used by both Nissan and Mitsubishi.
The lack of universality of these chargers is a hurdle in the process of making electric vehicles more mainstream because setting up different chargers for different vehicles can be cumbersome.
One of the major fears most people have expressed in surveys when asked about why they don’t prefer electric vehicles is running out of fuel and not having a charging station in the vicinity. For the average person, charging at home regularly will be viable as it can provide enough charge for the average commute.
But those traveling longer distances need to ensure that there are multiple charging stations on the route they are taking to maintain a steady battery level to complete the trip.
An EV station is a must-have for businesses. It makes your establishment a stop for people using electric vehicles. WCI Electric helps with the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations for commercial and industrial buildings.
The business operates in Palo Alto, Redwood City, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, San Jose, Milpitas, and surrounding areas. The company’s licensed electricians also provide commercial lighting, energy audits, and low voltage services.
Reach out to them for your EV station installation needs.