Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Charging article to learn about charging, both at home and in public!
How long does it take to charge my EV at home?
The time it takes to charge an electric vehicle at home can vary depending on the type of charger, the size of the battery pack, and the amount of charge needed. Generally, a Level 2 charger will take between 5-8 hours to fully charge a battery from empty to full.
Can I rent out my EV charger during non-use hours?
It is certainly possible that you can rent out your charger during non-use hours, there are several companies that provide peer-to-peer software. However, you should be sure to check with your local laws and regulations to make sure that this is allowed in your area. Additionally, you should make sure that you have the proper insurance coverage in case of any damage or injuries that may occur while your charger is being rented.
Should I charge my electric vehicle to 100%?
Charging an electric vehicle (EV) battery to 100% does not necessarily damage it, but it may have some negative effects on the battery’s long-term health. Lithium-ion batteries, which are commonly used in EVs, prefer to be kept at a state of charge between 20-80%. When a battery is charged to 100%, it is subjected to higher voltage and temperatures, which can accelerate the degradation of the battery’s capacity over time. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid charging an EV to 100% on a regular basis, especially if it is not necessary for your driving needs. However, it is generally safe to charge an EV to 100% when necessary, such as for a long road trip or when you know you will need the full range of your vehicle.
What are the best public EV charging stations and how do I find them?
The best electric vehicle charging stations depend on your needs. You can find charging stations by using mobile apps such as Tesla, PlugShare, ChargeHub, or PlugInsights. Many newer makes and models of EVs also have charger locations built into the navigation software. To make sure you have the best charging experience, it’s important to research the charging station before you use it. Peak EV Solutions recommends that you check user reviews and make sure the charging station is compatible with your vehicle.
Does having an EV charger installed at my home raise its value?
It is certainly possible that having an EV charger installed at your home can raise its value. Studies have found that the value of homes with EV chargers can be up to 10% higher than homes without them. Additionally, potential buyers may be more likely to pay a higher price for a home with an EV charger already installed, since it can save them the cost of installing one themselves. As electric vehicles increase in popularity, our guess is that this will become a selling point for home buyers.
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