Currently, less than 1 percent of American households own an electric car. But over 42 percent of households currently have the possibility to own and use an electric car. So why don’t more people own them? The economic and environmental benefits are obvious!
It has to do with a lack of information, so if you want to buy an electric car, keeping reading to learn more about these cars.
Get to Know the Battery
A controller connects the motor to the battery, delivering electricity that moves the car. Most electric car batteries can last for 50 to 130 miles. But this depends on a vehicle’s design features and weight. The time it takes to recharge the battery also varies from vehicle to vehicle, based on battery size and its available voltage.
Some first-time electric car drivers may feel “range anxiety.” This is the fear that they won’t be able to get to a charging station before their car battery runs out. Most new electric cars have the ability to the display charging locations in your or area through apps on your dashboard or center console.
Additionally, smartphones — iPhone and Android — have already developed apps that can help electric car drivers. Tech continues to evolve in terms of infrastructure development and car design. Battery range will be less and less of a concern through technological innovation.
Prepare the Home for Charging
Just like a laptop or cellphone, an electric car’s power must recharge via an electrical source. It is important to become educated about electrical safety. The potential for fire and shock hazards are what you should be most concerned with.
Depending on specific local laws, setting up a charging station at home may need the help of a professional electrician. as well as inspections and site visits for permitting by local governing bodies. This may sound like a big hassle but your electric car manufacturer may be able to help you out with this.
Make sure there is enough power available in your charging station to support your car battery’s voltage. And ensure it is installed correctly for safe use with the help of a professional electrician. Many electric cars can be recharged using a domestic 120-volt household wall socket. This is the kind used for almost any household appliance. This is known as Level One charging and often requires 24 hours to fully recharge a depleted car battery.
The best option would be a 220/240-volt electrical charging setup, also known as a Level Two charging station. It will only take between 4-8 hours for a full recharge with this method.
The safest and most ideal location for a Level 2 charging station is in your garage. The plug should be as close as possible to where your car will be charged, to avoid tripping. There are professional charging station installers who can help you make sure your garage is prepared properly to accommodate safe charging for your electric car.
The prep costs will vary for this, depending on your home’s current electric service and voltage capacity, as well as labor and installation costs. There are also tons of federal tax credits you can get for installing an at-home charging station for your electric car.
Don’t Fret About Range Anxiety
As every first-time electric car vehicle owner learns, the usual electric car offers a driving range of 80-100 miles per charge, which is more than enough to meet the needs of most people for daily driving. Long road trips just need a little more planning to figure out where and when you’ll recharge. You’d have to be crazy to pay no mind to your battery’s range and continue driving until your car’s battery is fully depleted.
“Range anxiety” occurs every now and then when you venture off the course of your usual driving patterns and don’t know where the next recharging station is. These infrequent instances are becoming even more rare with the invention of new, 200+ mile electric vehicles.
Trust the Battery’s Longevity
One of the most pernicious lies about electric vehicles is that, soon after buying your car, you’ll be hit with an impromptu, bankrupting bill to fix or replace your car battery when it croaks out of nowhere. This almost never happens to electric car drivers. Yes, like with all batteries, there will be a little of range as the batteries cells deteriorate, holding less and less charge, but it’s rare that these batteries just fail outright.
Regardless, most electric cars have comprehensive battery warranties — usually in the ballpark of 100,000 miles or 8 years — that cover any potential battery problems, including loss of range. So you don’t have to worry about getting hit with an expensive repair bill. Your manufacturer or dealership, like Legend Auto Sales, has you covered.
Don’t Worry About Water
Many new electric car owners or prospective buyers ask, “How does water affect your electric car?”, such as during through rain or even a puddle? Fear not. Electric cars are tested comprehensively to make sure they meet Society of Automotive Engineers and automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer standards to ensure your safety if you’re driving in rainy or flooded conditions.
In an electric car, the majority of electric components and batteries are located in areas that are closed off from potential water leakage, like the trunk or behind the car’s back seats. Some batteries are located at the bottom of a vehicle, but are encased in a tough metal shell, making it almost impossible for water to reach your car’s electrical parts.
Ready to Buy an Electric Car?
Hopefully, this article has convinced you to buy an electric car and assuaged any fears you may have had.
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