Do Not Buy an Electric Car Until You Have Read These Important Tips
Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly widespread and accessible to a wider range of people, which is wonderful. They are, however, very different from what you’re used to if you’ve only ever driven a car with a traditional combustion engine. If you’re thinking about buying an electric car soon, bear in mind that you’ll need to do some planning ahead of time, such as installing an electric vehicle charger in your home. Here’s everything you need know to get ready.
The Actual EV Battery Range and the Advertised EV Battery Range are Not the Same
The claimed range of an electric vehicle battery is generally greater than the range that can be driven on a single charge. Talk to existing owners of the car you’re considering to find out how much mileage they receive in comparison to the EPA estimations.
Public Chargers with High Capacity Faster Battery Depletion
It’s fine to use a high-powered public EV charger from time to time if you need to, but don’t make it a habit because it will wear out the battery faster. For most electric vehicles, the optimum charging option is to use the one that is already installed in your home on a 120 V or 240 V outlet. This extends the battery life of electric vehicles. Sonner Electric can install a home charger for you.
Assess Your Driving Habits to Determine Your Charging Requirements
Keep note of your daily driving averages before buying an electric car so you know how many kilometers, how quickly, and so on you drive on a regular basis. A 120 V outlet charger is usually sufficient for everyday charging. If you travel 30-40 miles every day, on the other hand, you might want to go with the 240 V charger. A completely depleted electric car battery might take nearly 36 hours to recharge.
Be Aware of the Locations of Public Charging Stations Along Your Route
Again, for most people, a daily charge in the garage is sufficient, but if you’re going somewhere new or for a longer period of time, be aware of public charging stations. These can quickly fill up, especially during peak driving hours, resulting in significant wait periods.
Purchase the Most Effective Battery
You’ll want to pick the battery with the greatest lifespan, even if it costs more. You’ll have fewer charging crises, and your car will have a greater market value when it’s time to sell it.
Be Wary of Electric Vehicles’ Hidden Costs
Yes, you will save money on petrol and contribute to the environment, but there are additional costs to consider. Insurance and sales taxes for electric vehicles may be higher (some states make up for the loss of gas taxes this way). Tires will wear out faster, and you’ll be using more power at home if you charge at home. So, when you buy, make sure you run the numbers on these items and be prepared.
If you would like to have a charging station installed at your home or business, contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126 to speak to an experienced electric company.