According to the International Energy Agency, there were 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads at the end of 2020.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Benefits
- EVs cost less to operate than traditional gas cars. They require no oil changes and less frequent brake replacements
- Charge your vehicle at home or at one of the many public charging stations
- EVs are emission-free
- Energy utilities may offer incentives and rebates for EV charging for residential and non-residential customers
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, it would cost $9 to fully charge a 200-mile range EV ($0.13 kWh)
- Energy utilities may offer special charging rates during off-peak hours
Residential Charging Types
- Level 1: 120 volts. 2 to 5 miles of range per 1 hour of charging. Requires dedicated circuit.
- Level 2. 240 volt (residential), 208 volt (commercial). 10 to 20 miles of range per 1 hour of charging. Requires additional hardware installation.
Non-Residential Charging Types
- DC Fast Charge. 200-500 volts DC. 20 minutes for an 80% charge. Requires commercial installation. Found at rest stops, fueling stations, commercial parking lots, and more.
Contact your HOA or community for information on EV charging at multifamily communities
EV Charging Safety
- All EV charging stations should be installed by a qualified electrician
- Residential EV charging requires a dedicated circuit. Have an electrician inspect your electrical system before purchasing an EV
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions for charging your EV
- Only purchase charging equipment that has been tested and listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory
- Never use an extension cord when charging an EV
- Ensure your charger has GFCI or other residual current device protection when charging
- Ensure the charging cable is properly maintained and free of damage. Keep away from children
- Keep charging equipment protected from water and other elements