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As the cost of fossil fuels continue to rise, alternative ways to power vehicles are becoming more widespread. One such method is electricity. Electric cars are more energy efficient, less expensive to run, more environmentally friendly and require less maintenance than conventional gasoline powered vehicles. They also help to reduce America’s dependency on foreign oils and create more green jobs domestically.

Electric car charging can be done at a commercial charging station, as well as at home. If you have the patience, you can plug your vehicle directly into the wall and wait 6 to 8 hours for it to charge. However, you have the option of purchasing a residential charging station, allowing you to do the same thing in a fraction of the time.

Electric Car Charging Stations

If you are installing a solar array for your home, it can be extremely beneficial to set up the circuit for an electric vehicle charger, reducing the need for more future electrical work. Charging your electric vehicle requires connecting the car to the electric grid. Various types of chargers exist, including:

  • Level 1 : This charger involves a 120 V AC plug. It doesn’t require the installation of any additional charging equipment. However, a Level 1 charger can only deliver about 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging.
  • Level 2 : Chargers use a 240 V plug for residential properties and require additional charging equipment to be installed. An hour of charging can provide about 10 to 60 miles of range.
  • DC Fast Charge : Providing electricity through a 480 V AC input, this type of charging station requires highly specialized, powerful equipment which is not compatible with all electric vehicle models. DC fast charging stations can deliver about 60 to 100 miles of range in only 20 minutes of charging.
  • Wireless : Wireless charging stations use an electromagnetic field to deliver electricity to an electric vehicle, without the need for a plug. This type of charger only works with certain car models.

Most chargers and vehicles have a standard connector and receptacle — the SAE J1772. Any vehicle with this standard can use any Level 1 or Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), or charging station.

Charging Your Electric Vehicle in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC

EDGE Energy can help you charge your electric vehicle easily and conveniently with our EV charging station options. You can also connect your new solar system to power your electric vehicle’s charging station to save you time, energy and money.

Contact us or call (888) 586-3343 today to learn more about electric vehicle charging!