What is an EV?
An EV is an electric vehicle – passenger, light duty, industrial, fleet or public transportation that runs completely on electricity. An EV has an electric motor so there is no engine, which means it does not use gasoline or diesel. EVs can be charged at home or at any charging point.
Why choose an EV over a conventional gasoline vehicle?
The average fuel efficiency of a gasoline-powered car is 24.7 miles per gallon (MPG), while today’s EVs can have a comparable “fuel economy” as high as 100 MPG. That’s more than quadruple the efficiency of conventional vehicles. An EV running on electricity produces no tailpipe emissions and is thus much more eco-friendly than conventional vehicles. When taking “well-to-wheel” emissions into account, electric vehicles emit on average half of CO2 equivalent emitted by gasoline cars.
How long does it take to charge an EV?
Two factors primarily govern the speed to charge an EV: 1) the capacity and management system of the vehicle’s battery, and 2) the capacity of the charging infrastructure to which the vehicle is connected. Charging times can range from 20 minutes to several hours. * At home, most people use a Level 1 charger, which is a regular 120V socket with alternating current (AC) and charging capacity of about 1.4 kW. It can take up to 16 hours to provide 80 miles of charge. * Level 2 chargers, used in public locations, parking garages, retail and commercial facilities, utilize a 208-240V socket and have charging capacity between 6.6 kW and 9.6 kW. It takes up to 3 hours to provide 80 miles of charge. * Level 3, or fast chargers, are utilized along highways and at busy public intersections. They use direct current, at 400-1,000V and have charging capacity in excess of 50kW. It takes around 30 minutes to provide 80 miles of charge.
What kind of EV chargers does Electrada install?
We offer Level 2 and Level 3 solutions, customized to each specific location, taking into account consumer demand, traffic counts, intended frequency of use, average length of charging, and other factors. Most residential, workplace and other locations – where EVs can be charged over a longer period without disruption – use Level 2 chargers. The placement of Level 3 chargers is more appropriate in public locations, at busy retail sites, highway-adjacent corridors and high-turnover traffic areas.
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