Owning an electric vehicle to help reduce carbon emissions is growing in popularity in recent years, and has no signs of slowing down soon. Electric vehicles made up nearly 5% of all new cars purchased in 2020. Experts predict that electric vehicles will make up 48% of new cars sold by 2030.
EV charging stations are showing up at more and more locations along interstates, major highways and roads. These are quick & convenient for road trips, but the convenience of home charging for daily commutes requires the installation of either a Level 1 or Level 2 EV charger.
Most electric vehicles come with a 120V charging cable to plug your car into a standard wall outlet – called Level 1 charging. Electric vehicle owners are often surprised how long it actually takes to charge their car this way.
For a faster charging option, allow one of Impact’s certified electricians to install a 240V charging cable – called Level 2 charging. Level 1 chargers are only capable of charging an average of 4 miles of ranger per hour of charging – taking 12-24 hours for a full charge. Level 2 chargers increase charging speeds up to 12 – 60 miles of range per hour of charging. This allows owners to get the most out of their electric vehicle for both local and long distance trips – spending less time charging and more time driving.
But remember, electric vehicles are only as clean as their power source! Charging an electric vehicle with electricity that’s produced from a coal-fired power plant is actually worse from the environment than driving a gasoline powered vehicle! But when you’re charging your EV with electricity from your solar panels, you’re reducing your carbon footprint – and saving more money, because both charging stations and utility companies are both more expensive than solar.