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Is an Electric Vehicle Home Charger Right for You?

2019 Honda Clarity Electric

 

You’ve compared hybrid vs. electric vehicles and have chosen an electric, however, It’s not always easy to find a public electric vehicle charging station along your route in Norman. If you’re tired of having to plan your life around charging your electric vehicle, charging batteries from home may seem like a convenient option. How do you prepare your home for an electric vehicle? Do you need an electric vehicle home charger? Keep reading to find out.

Do You Need to Buy an Electric Vehicle Home Charger?

Simply using the cord that came with the car is the most basic way to charge an electric vehicle. Charging batteries this way, however, can take all night and part of the next day, which may not be convenient for busy Gainesville, TX drivers. An electric vehicle home charger shortens that time considerably, though it is usually not quite as fast as a public electric vehicle charging station. Here’s how to tell which method of charging is right for you:

  • Public electric vehicle charging station – You just run short errands in a city with lots of charging stations.
  • Level 1 home charging – You drive less than 50 miles a day and are fine with charging the car overnight.
  • Level 2 home charging – You drive more than 50 miles a day or need to charge the car faster than overnight.

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

For any electric vehicle, charging batteries with a professionally-installed charging station is the quickest way to do it from home. This method of charging will usually only take a few hours. Follow these steps:

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle Charging Station

  • Clean your garage and prepare a space for the charger.
  • Purchase your charger from a retailer like Home Depot
  • Hire an electrician to install it.

Electrified Vehicles That Don’t Need to Be Charged

Did you know that hybrid vehicles don’t need to be charged at all? They do use both a gas engine and an electric motor, but they generally get significantly better gas mileage than gas-powered cars. Honda has a great lineup of hybrid vehicles available at Patriot Honda. Here’s a list:

Check Out the Honda Hybrid Vehicles at Patriot Honda of Ardmore

Come take one of the Honda hybrid vehicles for a test drive, just to see how impressive they are. Or, if you’re interested in learning about another type of alternate-fuel car, check out the new Clarity Fuel Cell. We’re just down the road from Denton, TX and would love to help you get behind the wheel of your next automobile.

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