Charging Your Electric Car: Home Options
Everyone who has switched to an electric car can all agree on one thing – charging a car is a lot different to fuelling one. On the whole it can be much more convenient as you can do it at home; simply plug it in overnight and your car will be full of ‘juice’ each morning when you head out to work.
Plugging in and out can take seconds and compared to the time it takes to seek out a petrol station and fill-up, can save you a lot of time.
With 95% of car charging done at home, industries have developed easy-to-use ways of plugging in. Electric cars can be charged by connecting to standard electricity outlets; simply connect the car with the charging cord that comes with the vehicle to your electricity source.
Plugging in at the wall, however, doesn’t charge with much speed. For every hour of charging you’ll add a measly 4 miles of charge. So even an overnight charge may not be enough to get you to and from work. To charge faster, homes need to be equipped with a home charging station (Electric Vehicle Service Equipment – or EVSE).
What is EVSE?
An EVSE is talked about a lot when referring to home chargers or wall chargers. But in actual fact, an EVSE is any device which brings AC power to your car, where it is turned into DC power and fills your car’s battery.
There are a wide range of EVSE on the market with varying types of cords and mountable boxes for numerous set-ups.
Before you buy an EVSE, you will need to know the maximum charging capacity of your car’s onboard charger, as this will influence the miles of driving range that can be added per each hour of charge.
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