Electric Vehicle FAQs
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Answers to Commonly Asked Questions about Electric Vehicles
How much will it cost to charge my car at home?
The cost to charge your EV will vary depending on how much you pay for electricity and the capacity of the battery. On average, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) costs less than $1 a day to charge. Electric vehicles will cost $2-$4 per day to charge at home.
What is the difference between Level 1, Level 2 and Fast Charge EVSEs?
Level 1: Level 1 charging uses the car’s standard charging cable to plug into a common 120v outlet. Although slow, the outlets are virtually everywhere and most cars spend more than 21 hours a day parked. If plugged in while parked, the car can maintain over 40 miles a day by just plugging-in overnight at home. There is no charging infrastructure to Level 1 charging as all that is needed is the charging cable that is included with the car and a 120V outlet.
Level 2: Level 2 charging can be installed in the home or commercial locations, but requires a dedicated outlet running 240 volts. The benefit of Level 2 chargers is a faster top up of the battery. Most vehicles fully charge overnight. Many jurisdictions offer EV owners reduced electricity rates if they charge their vehicles in off-peak hours. Level 2 chargers in commercial locations can also be programmed to manage fleet vehicles, to charge flat or hourly rates to visiting vehicles or to only offer charging to employees or residents of a multi-unit building.
Level 3: Level 3 chargers are most often referred to as DC Fast Charging. These fast chargers use direct current (DC), which is different than the alternating current (AC) that is available in homes and most commercial buildings. Delivering as much as 800 Volts, vehicles can charge up to 80% capacity in as little as 20 minutes. These units are found primarily in retail, commercial and fleet management applications.
How long do batteries last?
How can I make my battery last longer?
EV maintenance costs are low, so protecting the battery life helps you to get the most out of your investment. EV enthusiasts have developed some habits to baby their batteries and keep them running longer at optimum capacity:
- Avoid keeping your car sitting with a full or empty charge. Optimum range is between 20-80% charge.
- Minimize fast-charging. Level 2 overnight/daily charging is the best option to make your battery last longer.
- Avoid extreme temperatures if possible.
- High use is not a concern. Fewer moving parts means less maintenance. Don’t leave your EV fleet vehicles sitting idle.
- Only charge your battery to 100% if you know you are planning on taking a long trip.
Are electric vehicles safe to drive?
Can you charge an electric vehicle in the rain?
Can an electric car charger start a fire in my garage?
What is "smart charging"?
Utility companies have moved toward a Time-of-Use model to help manage grid resources. EV owners can opt-in to a program with their utility provider (BGE and PEPCO both have programs in Maryland) and with a monthly service charge receive reduced rates for vehicle charging during off-peak hours. These programs use data from Smart Meters to assess usage and enable EV owners to charge their vehicles over-night for as low as $0.03/khw.
Where can I charge my electric vehicle?
Maryland and 7 other states have adopted the Zero-Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Mandate which requires 300,000 vehicles and supporting charging infrastructure by 2025. Clinton Electric Company participates in the MDOT’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council to advise on strategy for deploying an increasing number of EVSE stations throughout the state. Many useful tools can help you find places to charge your vehicle including ChargePoint’s mobile app and the PlugShare map.
How far can you drive in an electric vehicle?
How far can you drive in an electric vehicle?
Charging times depend on the amount of electricity flowing through the charger and the size of the battery. The AC Level designation of the charger determines the output rate. You can fully charge most electric vehicles on a Level 2 charger overnight (8 hours or less). Level 1 chargers will take much longer to fully charge a vehicle and DC Fast chargers can get your car ready to hit the road trip in as little as 10 minutes.
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