With all the exciting news about electric vehicles, you might be thinking about getting one yourself! The vast amount of information about “EVs” can become overwhelming and even get confusing – so we’re here to help.
3 Steps to Owning an EV
For starters, we’ve established three categories of decisions you’ll likely experience.
1. Choosing an EV
All-electric or plug-in hybrid? Vehicle choice is the first and most personal of the decision categories – largely based on your lifestyle, driving patterns, budget, and brand fit. Here’s a great article that might help you decide between all-electric or plug-in hybrid.
Your local dealers can also help, plus there are expert reviews available online. Check out a few of our partners to see the latest electric vehicle options.
2. Home Charging
Do I stick with Level 1 or upgrade to Level 2? Your home charging decision is largely driven by your driving habits, desire for convenience, home electrical layout, charging station options, and installation costs.
Qmerit can help. Click below to get an estimate on what your home EV charging station installation might cost.
3. Post-purchase Experience
What can I expect to pay for my home costs in electricity or charging around town? Your post-purchase experience is likely to evolve over time. For example, availability of public charging is likely to grow for your convenience. Also, your power company may incentivize you to charge when electricity is less expensive or offer you the option to use only renewable energy to charge your vehicle. Learn more.
Do you need a Level 1 or Level 2 Charger?
Level 1 (110v) chargers can refill an EV battery in about 15-20+ hours and can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet.
Level 2 (240v) chargers should be able to replenish an EV battery in about 4-8 hours and will require a Qmerit-certified installer to perform the installation.
Still undecided? Watch this quick 1-minute video to learn more about Level 1 and Level 2 charging.
Still have questions?
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