One of the major perks of driving an electric vehicle is that you never have to visit the gas station again. But even though zero-emission vehicles are becoming more and more commonplace, there is still a lot left wanting in terms of EV charging infrastructure. And anyone who drives an EV knows that the standard household outlet just doesn’t cut it.
Having your own home EV charging device not only saves you from waiting in line at public charging facilities, but its higher charging speeds also provide you better mobility by ensuring you do not keep the car plugged in all night, every night. And if you take the car out more than once in a day, you would want to be able to do that without being constantly concerned by range anxiety.
So, what are the few things you must consider before buying your first EV charging device?
Amperage: Generally speaking, a device that can handle 12 amps (Level 1) will give you 4-5 miles of charging in an hour and a 30-amp (Level 2) device will deliver 20 miles of charging in an hour. And though these figures are somewhat optimistic, to take the full advantage of Level 2 charging at home, you should buy a device that can handle at least 30 amps. For example, EV Meter’s Bee Meter.
Cable length: Measure the distance between the point where you want to hang your home EV charger and the charging point in your car. Usually, a 15-feet cable would be able to cover the distance comfortably in your garage or driveway. That said, while deciding on the installation location of the device, you may want to consider where a potential second EV car will be parked.
Aesthetics: While the look and feel of the device come secondary to its performance, there is no reason why you need to compromise on either. Home EV charging stations like Bee Meter score high on both physical attractiveness and technical prowess. Its sleek design would complement any battery-operated car.
Power usage: While charging at home, you would most certainly want to monitor your electricity consumption and make sure you are taking advantage of subsidized tariff hours promoted by utility companies. A home charger equipped with a telemetry sensor would allow you to keep a tab on your power usage easily. In Bee Meter, users can view this data on a dashboard conveniently from any mobile device.
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