Choose the Right Home Charger for You
Joining the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? At Charlottetown Mitsubishi, we're here to simplify your transition. An essential aspect of owning an EV is understanding home charging, and today we're breaking down the basics.
Grasping Charger Levels
Choosing a charger for your EV can feel overwhelming. Don't worry - we've got you covered. Home charging solutions for electric vehicles typically fall into three primary categories:
Level 1 Chargers
Imagine plugging your car into a regular wall outlet – that's essentially what Level 1 charging is. It's the slowest charging method, providing around 8 km of driving range per hour. It takes anywhere from 12 to 20 hours to fully charge an EV, making it perfect for overnight charging.
Level 2 Chargers
Level 2 chargers are like your kitchen stove or clothes dryer – they need a special 240-volt outlet. These chargers are faster, giving you about 30 km of range per hour. If your EV is your daily driver, a Level 2 charger could be a good fit for you.
Fast Chargers (Level 3)
Level 3 chargers are the sprinters of the EV charging world, providing around 100 km of range in just 30 minutes. But due to their complexity, they're typically only installed in commercial settings.
Finding Your Charger Match
Every EV owner is unique, and your charger should match your lifestyle. Here are some things to consider:
What's Your Car Type?
The kind of plug your car uses will determine which charger is right for you. Most EVs use a 'J plug' for home and Level 2 charging. For faster charging, connectors differ by brand. The 'CHAdeMO' plug is the preferred choice for Mitsubishi and Nissan vehicles.
How Much Space Do You Have?
Think about where you plan to park your car and install your charger. The length of the charging cord and whether the charger needs to be installed indoors or outdoors will play a big role in your decision.
How Much Time Do You Have?
If you drive a lot or don't have much time to wait for charging, you might want a faster Level 2 charger. If you don't mind charging overnight or only drive occasionally, a Level 1 charger might be enough.
Are You Tech-Savvy?
Some chargers can connect to the internet, allowing you to monitor your car's charging process from your phone. This feature might appeal to you if you like to keep an eye on your EV's status remotely.
A Quick Note on Installation
Once you've chosen your charger, you'll need to install it. A certified electrician can ensure your charger is installed safely and correctly. They'll ensure your home's electrical system can support your new charger and guide you through the process.
Contact Charlottetown Mitsubishi Today
At Charlottetown Mitsubishi, we're here to make your switch to electric as smooth as possible. Drop by today, and we'll help you find the perfect home charger for your EV journey. Your exciting electric adventure starts here!