When you drive an electric vehicle, it’s important to always know where your nearest electric vehicle charging station is located. We’re tackling some of the frequently asked questions about EV charging stations so you can leave charging anxiety in the dust.
What’s an EV?
An EV is an electric vehicle. Rather than being powered by gasoline, like vehicles with an internal combustion engine, it’s powered by an electric motor that draws energy from a lithium-ion battery. An EV needs to be plugged into a power source to charge its battery from day to day.
How Often Do You Need to Charge an EV?
There are a number of factors that affect your charging schedule, in the same way some drivers fill up with gas more often than others. It depends on how often you drive and your driving conditions. The majority of drivers should probably charge their EV every or every-other-day. Most manufacturers recommend keeping your vehicle at a 20-percent charge at least.
How Do You Find a Charging Station?
Even as EVs are on the rise, there are already over 30,000 public charging stations across the United States. Many are equipped with a DC fast-charging Level III charger, which provides the quickest charging time. There are apps that help you easily locate the nearest charging station anytime. You can also utilize your navigation system to find the closest place to plug in.
Can You Charge at Home?
Absolutely! You can connect a 120-volt Level I charger to any regular three-prong outlet. This is best when you need a minimal charge for a short commute. When you are wanting to charge faster, and for a longer charge, you’ll want a 240-volt Level II charger. These need to be installed by a licensed electrician.
Still have questions? Stop in to chat with our team at our Toyota dealership in Las Vegas, NV today – we’ll get you behind the wheel of your own eco-friendly EV!