If you are going green and purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), why don’t you get your home ready before taking delivery and install an EV charger? Aside from the other benefits this article will discuss, imagine plugging in during the evening after your workday and having your car ready with a full battery before you commute the next morning. Consult with a licensed electrician who has experience installing EV charging stations for the best results.
EV Disadvantages and Solutions
One real advantage of owning an EV is never having to stop at a gas station to fill up again. However, owning an electric vehicle comes with two significant disadvantages for most owners. The first is a limited range that does not exceed 60 miles for some EVs. The second is the inconveniently long charging times that will sometimes prevent an owner from being able to use an EV.
The first disadvantage can be solved if you can afford the $135,000 Tesla Model S P100D that can travel 300 miles on a single charge. The second can be addressed by installing a Level 2 or 240-volt charger that can significantly shorten charging times at your house. A Level 2 charger can charge a battery in about 3 hours as opposed to a Level 1 or 120-volt wall plug that can take 18 hours.
Aside from helping the environment by reducing pollution, an EV owner can decrease commuting expenses. The federal government also offers a tax credit on the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles, ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 for the model year 2018.
As for installing an EV charging station at home, you may have been worried about the cost. Fortunately, some states offer rebates. According to the State of Maryland, “rebates are available for…charging systems and cover 40 percent of the equipment and installation cost up to a limit ($700 for residential, $4,000 for commercial and $5,000 for service stations) for systems purchased and installed between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2020.”
For More Information: Maryland’s Electric Vehicle Incentives
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