The Rise of Smart
Nowadays, everything is smart. It seems like everyone has a smart phone. More and more living rooms have smart televisions hanging on the wall. Smart *fill in the blank* is the new trend in America, and keeping all of these gadgets alive means we need to plug them into our walls every now and then. You probably have more chargers than you know what to do with them! One smart item that you probably don’t have a spare charger for in your kitchen’s junk drawer is your car. Usually, electric cars come with a charger that fits your household socket, but these are very slow. Most electric car owners quickly upgrade to smart car chargers. Here’s what you need to know about getting and installing a smart car charger.
Electric Cars are Here to Stay
Electric cars are paving the way to the future. Fortune reports that even though gas prices have been sinking by forty percent over the last five years, electric car sales have remained steady in that same time reports that. Around fifteen percent of Americans said they would purchase an electric vehicle for their next car when asked by AAA. That’s nearly the number of people who said they were going to buy a pickup truck! AAA’s study found that the biggest thing keeping many from going electric was range. Every year, though, we are seeing cars hit the market with the ability to travel farther and farther.
How Far Can They Go?
Currently, the average round-trip range for electric cars in the United States is around thirty-one miles. One car that smashes this average is the Tesla, which can go ten times that distance in one charge. Another thing a Tesla will smash is your bank account. The extra range, battery performance, and style make this car one of the pricier electric vehicles on the market. A Tesla can charge up to around fifty range miles an hour with a standard home charger. Superchargers located all over the country can give you 170 miles of range in only thirty minutes! If you don’t live near a supercharger, high powered smart car chargers are a necessity. Suncoast Electric & Air can help you install a Tesla charger that will cut your normal charging time in half!
Getting Smart Car Chargers
Using the standard plug that comes with your electric car can take up to eighteen hours to get your car fully charged. That just takes way too long to get road ready. There is no reason to wait that long when there are many affordable options for having a high powered smart car charger installed in your home. Let’s take a look at the basics.
According to PluginCars.com, experienced electric vehicle drivers find that quality smart car chargers will cost around $600 to $700. The price range dips to a little less than that to twice as much, depending on the features. Unfortunately for us in 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy stopped giving away smart car chargers in 2013. It’s highly unlikely we’ll see a deal that great again, so don’t hold your breath waiting for a second giveaway!
Length and Portability
One thing affecting the cost of your charger is the length of your charging cable. These usually run from fifteen to twenty-five feet. Before you buy a charger, think about where you want to plug your car in every night. A Suncoast electrician can help you decide what’s best for your situation. With the help of a certified and trained electrician, you can figure out what are your best options for long-term electric vehicle ownership. An electrician can help you upgrade your house’s electric outlets and install new ones in places where you need to park your car. You have the option of hardwiring your charger, making it a permanent fixture, or keeping it portable. If you plan on charging your car outside of a garage, the chances are local codes will require you to make the charger a permanent fixture. Suncoast electricians are more than happy to help you choose what’s best for you.
It’s a terrible idea to try installing smart car chargers on your own. The only way you are not going to save a lot of money with your electric car is if you have to pay out of pocket for damages caused by going DIY. Check the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles website for rebates and incentives you can get for installing a charger at your home or business. There’s no better time than now to have an electrician assess what needs to be done to your home to make charging your car as efficient as possible. Contact Suncoast Electric & Air today, and we’ll help get your electric vehicle charged up and ready to go!