Public EV charging: how-to, tips, pros/cons, reality



How to Charge Your Electric Car

Steps

  1. See if your place of work provides free charging.Ask your employer! If they don't now, they may in the future.
  2. Install a charger at your house (Note that the point of installation of the charger must be well ventilated, cool and dry).
    • Decide where you want the charger to be at your house. Do you have garage space? Think about what is convenient,safe and least costly (see below.)
    • Speak to a licensed electrician to get the cost of installing a charging station at your house. The electrician will want the charging specs from your auto manufacturer.
    • A charging station at your house can be cheap, or expensive, depending on two things:
      • If you have enough power in your current breaker box. If not enough, you will need to upgrade your box.
      • If your current electrical service is close to where you will park your car. If you are parking outside, you will need to run the service to that location using exterior rated equipment.
    • Remember that most electric cars including Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S can be charged with a standard 110v household outlet.
      • The Chevy Volt will charge to its full 40 (64km) mile electric range in about 11 hours on standard 110v AC. For charging a Volt overnight at your house, that might be enough, saving you the expense of installing 220v.
      • The Tesla Model S will also charge about 40 miles in 11 hours, but since full charge is much more than that (200 or 250 miles, 321 or 402km), 110v isn't enough for most Tesla owners.
      • In the UK, the Renault Zoe comes with a free wall charger that British Gas will hook up for you, but you still have to pay for the battery service
    • There may be different charging cables and boxes for your house, some that charge faster for a higher price. It just depends on how quickly you need a charge. Most people charge overnight, which means you don't need a fast charge at home.
  3. Investigate charging options for when you are on the road.

Community Q&A

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  • Question
    Can the Tesla Model 3 be charged using 110v?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it can. Use the charger that comes with the car itself. You can also use the supercharging network, which is mostly for traveling.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Can a car with a 110v charger plug into a 220v charger?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on which car it is. A Tesla can go as high as 240, which would supposedly fry the batteries of a Chevy Bolt.
    Thanks!
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  • Are public charging points, free to use?
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  • The charging infrastructure is different for different electric cars. The Nissan Leaf needs a bigger and more expensive charging station such as a Blink charging device. The Tesla Model S just needs a standard 220 volt plug (same as a dryer plug).
  • If you are installing a home charger, investigate if you can get a subsidized lower rate for electricity! For example, in Northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric has a very low rate for electricity for electric cars.
  • If you are installing a home charger, make sure you get the right permits before having your electrician do the electrical work. Since electric cars are still new, many building departments don't have their requirements fully defined.
  • Check your electric plan with your utility. Many people have the cheapest rates overnight, so they may set their charger (or car) to charge when power is cheapest.

Warnings

  • Electricity can kill, especially when your clothes are wet or when you are grounded! 110v is deadly and 220v even more so. Always consult a licensed electrician for installations and wiring issues.





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