Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is perfectly safe to charge your electric vehicle in the rain. Both DC fast, level 2, and home chargers are safe to be used in all reasonable weather conditions.
Using a home charger, it will take roughly 6-8 hours to completely charge your car. Using a level 2 vehicle charger it will take between 4 and 6 hours to fully charge your car. This will depend on the electrical output of the station as well as the model of vehicle you are charging. While DC fast chargers are capable of fully charging an EV in about 20 minutes. Though most EV’s on the road today are not equipped to handle the full power produced by a fast charger.
Home chargers come in many shapes and forms. As the industry continues to grow, so does the range of options for EV chargers. Similar to your washer and dryer, typically most homes need a specific NEMA graded outlet for charging. These outlets are easy installations for electricians. Today, most new construction facilities will come equipped to handle a home charger.
Today, if electricity cost $.13 per kWh, charging an EV to a 200-mile range will cost you about $9-10.
As of May 2021, it costs the average American $25.20 per month to charge his or her EV. A lot of the monthly cost will come down to how many miles you drive.
Today on average, it costs less than half to drive electric than it would to drive gas powered vehicles. In 2018, the average cost to drive an EV in the United States is under $500 per year, while the average to drive a gas-powered vehicle is over $1,100. This does not factor in the raising gas prices and extra maintenance that gas powered vehicles must combat to stay on the road.
As the grid continues to grow, it’s important to understand that electrical rates will fluctuate based on demand. For Example, the demand for electricity is typically higher during the day. Utilities and charging manufacturers call this demand management. To balance this, utilities will charge more during the day and less at night during off-peak hours.
This one is tricky; the quick answer is yes. In America, EV’s all come with a standard plug that will plug into any charger, except Tesla. Tesla vehicles and chargers have their own plug type. To combat this, Tesla vehicles come with an attachment that will convert a common vehicle charger to work on his or her Tesla. Only Tesla vehicles can charge on Tesla chargers. Non-Tesla vehicles will be able to use the Tesla chargers with an adaptor that is sold separately.
Some level 2 chargers are private and are only available to pre-determined groups. Typically, private chargers won’t populate on charging station maps to avoid confusion.
Though it’s hard to say for sure, today in New York and other states like California there is a law declaring all electric vehicle sales in the state of New York must be electric by 2035. It’s important to keep up with state laws to monitor this progress. We expect that by 2050 almost every vehicle on the road will be fully electric.