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Things To Consider Prior To Buying An Electric Car Many consumers who might be thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle are researching just how it might change their individual driving habits. People buying the cars wonder how many miles they will be able to drive before the vehicle will have to be charged, as well as what will happen if they aren't able to find a charging station for their car. One benefit that electric car owners have found is they can have a home charging station set up in their own garage. This way, you'll be able to come home in the evening, plug it into their charger, and understand that the vehicle is going to be charged properly for the next day. Previously, in order to install a charging station into their garage, the homeowner would need to install a dedicated power line in their garage that may have cost as much as $2,000. Up until early 2013, a program through the U.S. Department of Energy, qualified some drivers of electric care for a free home charging station. This program has ended, leaving owners on their own for the research and purchase of these stations. The good thing is that today, very reliable charging stations may be installed for under $1,000. Even though prices have come down, charging stations have really improved in the last couple of years. The first home charging stations were a level one charger. This basically implies that one would be charging using a regular power outlet. This type of charging can take up to 22 hours to get completely charged for some of the electric cars. For people who are planning to drive more than 40 miles per day, this type of charging may not be enough. Rather than the normal 120 volts of a home outlet, level 2 charging means using 240 volts instead. The time necessary to fully charge a car will be decreased to only 8 hours when you install this type of charging station. When you have charged your cars in this way, they are able to get up to 70 miles before they required any charging. When you're researching which way you will be charging your electric car, there are a couple variables to look into. For instance, some reliable models come with a timer that allows you to select the time of day or night that it will be the least expensive to charge your vehicle. This allows the car owner the choice of setting the timer to begin charging when electricity rates are the most affordable, because most electricity costs get more expensive when the most electricity is being used. One more option to look into on a level 2 charging station is the choice to change the 240 volt power back to 120 volt power. That way, you may use the regular outlets in your garage too (without converters) and still continue to have power for the garage door. This method saves money by only requiring that one line of electricity be run to the garage rather than running two separate lines. Owning an electric car will come with lots of benefits. Almost $10 a month is saved on oil changes that are not needed anymore, and "fuel" costs are only a quarter of what they are in a gas engine. Add to this the convenience of having the ability to fill up your vehicle in your own garage, and you might find that owning an electric vehicle is well worth the costs of a car and a charging station.

Bridgeport Magnetics Group, Inc.

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Things To Consider Prior To Buying An Electric Car