240v Car Charger
It may surprise EV newbies to learn that an electric car’s charger is found on board the vehicle. It’s the equipment buried in the guts of the car that takes an AC source of juice from your house, and converts it to DC—so your car’s battery pack can be charged.
This fact doesn’t stop nearly everybody from calling the wall-mounted box that supplies 240 volts of electricity a “charger.” Actually, that box, cord and plug has a technical name—Electric Vehicle Service Equipment or EVSE—and if you have an EV, you’re going to want to install one at home.
So, it’s slightly misleading to say we’re providing guidance about chargers, because we’re really talking about buying an EVSE—which is essentially no more than an electrical device allowing drivers to safely connect an electric car to a 240-volt source of electricity. It’s not rocket science, and you should not overthink the selection and installation of an EVSE.
That said, there are important differences between the various home chargers (uh, I mean EVSEs). And there are a few best practices to keep in mind.
An AeroVironment installer goes to work on a home unit. (AeroVironment photo)
The general consensus among experienced EV drivers is that a capable and durable EVSE will cost around $600 to $700. You could spend a little bit less, or twice as much, but that’s the ballpark. This does not include installation. Read on to see which key features—such as portability and connectivity—can send the price higher, or can be avoided to reduce the cost.
By the way, from 2010 through early 2013, many EV drivers could get a free EVSE, courtesy of The EV Project, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. But as of March 11, 2013, the program reached its threshold for handing out residential charging equipment, so no more freebies—you’ll need to buy one on your own.
You should buy an EVSE that can handle at least 30 amps. The rule of thumb is that 30-amp service will roughly give you the ability to add 30 miles of range in an hour—just as 15 amps will add about 15 miles in an hour of charging. (These range numbers are somewhat optimistic.)
Keep in mind that most plug-in hybrids (and the Nissan LEAF prior to the 2013 model) don’t take full advantage of the faster rate. That’s okay. It’s still wise to have the capacity to charge at least at the 30-amp level, even if your current car can't fully utilize the higher amperage, so you don’t have to upgrade in a few years if/when you buy a new EV that has a faster on-board charger. Also, it’s nice to allow friends with faster-charging EVs to get a full charge from your garage.How to cook a small ham in the oven When can you teach you chihauaha puppy tricks How do servers get tips from credit cards How to stop sinus drainage? How to take tips off nails How to make weed brownies Tricks when calling vietmaneese unemployment line Psg players who got hat tricks What does it mean when the tips of my plant leaves turn brown Why are the tips of my grass turning brown How to earn tips in sims 3 How to resign? How to write check what does rbi stand for what does optimum mean what does guinea mean Tips on how to recover from covid what does https mean How to use rosemary oil for hair growth what does a pink rose mean what does br mean How to get rid of fordyce spots what are extracurricular activities How to land tricks with destiny 2 sleigh sparrows How to get rid of bacne? what time does chuck-e-cheese open How do i make my zoomer zupps do tricks How to pronounce hermes? what does lager mean what does privy mean How to watch demon slayer in order? what does gentile mean what does lillian mean what does it mean to be on parole what does rales sound like Tips to lasting longer when smoking what does amigo mean When parents get old household tips How to do carde tricks like mat franco How to fill out a money order what does gfy mean what time does netflix release shows Tips for which deck carnival glory cruise what do bees mean How to make icing How to list skills on a resume? what does background check show How to poach eggs what fruits are in season now How to add calendar to outlook? How to make swamp in little alchemy? what does hormonal acne look like How to make nails grow faster what movies are on hulu what does impersonating mean How to make resume? what does deus ex machina mean How to do smoke tricks How to use a piping bag and tips How to turn off samsung s21? How to type square root what channel does yellowstone come on what does tod mean what are kubernetes How to grow natutal hair fast tips what does entrepreneur mean what dose 3 mean How to induce labor naturally what does overdrive mean How to do tricks in srl in destiny How to get bigger breast naturally fast at home what does a prenup do How to test soil ph? How to make dough? Spiderman miles morales how to do tricks what are tricep dips what does repent mean what is pro life mean what does rant mean How much does it cost to build a house? Geeks who drink tips Linus tech tips how hot is to hot cpu What material are the best pool cue tips made of? what does stg mean Tender tips what part of meat How to avoid capital gains tax How to make a ender portal? what are the long-term side effects of hydrochlorothiazide How to turn off call forwarding How to draw a peacock what does contingent mean in real estate Tips for when sick what does luster mean what does karaoke mean Where to buy clear containers for q-tips what does hb mean in text what does nude mean what does spiritual mean what does hanukkah celebrate