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How to prepare for the day you bring it home!

Congratulations on becoming the proud owner of an electric vehicle (EV)! As of the end of 2022, your EV is among over 26 million EVs in the world! Everything you should know about electric vehicle charging [2023] | EVBox. An additional 14.1 million EVs were sold in 2023 making that over 40 million EVs in the world today! As you begin this exciting journey, understanding the nuances of EV charging and maintenance is essential. Read on to learn about owning and caring for an Electric Vehicle (EV).

At Clean Solar, we specialize in a range of solar solutions, including solar panels, solar battery storage, and even EV outlets/charging system installations. We’re here to guide you in selecting the ideal charger to maximize the benefits of your new vehicle. Additionally, if you’re concerned about rising electricity bills due to your EV, we can assist in offsetting those costs with a tailored solar and battery system. Together, we can embrace eco-friendly practices while saving money.

Let’s start by identifying your current EV charger type.

Most EVs come with a Level 1 charger which operates on a standard 120V household electricity supply. This type of charger is relatively easy to install compared to a Level 2 charger. However, choosing the right one depends on your driving needs. For instance, charging for 8 hours with a level 1 charger provides about 40 miles of driving range. If your daily commute is short or you only use your car for local errands, this charger might suffice. Extending the charge by an additional 4 hours can increase your range to approximately 60 miles.

On the other hand, a Level 2 charger offers rapid charging capabilities. It can provide a driving range of 10-20 miles for every hour of charging. An 8-hour charge can equip your EV with nearly 150 miles of range, making it more suitable for longer commutes or less frequent charging opportunities. Installing a Level 2 charger is more complex, requiring additional circuit breakers, permits, and a 240V power supply.

Your driving habits will ultimately determine the best charger type for your needs. If you have a solar energy system at home, we can advise on optimal charging times to further reduce costs, maximize efficiency, and gain Energy Independence!

And don’t forget EV charging stations. San Jose alone has over 1400 stations available! Click here to see a map of San Jose and other areas. San Jose, California EV Charging Stations | PlugShare

Next, let’s prepare your garage or charging area.

Ensuring a convenient parking spot near your chosen charger is crucial, whether it’s close to the Level 1 charger, or near your electrical panel for the Level 2 charger.

You should place the EV charger as close to the vehicle’s charging port as possible. Make sure you place it on the side of the garage where the port is. If you have a Level 2 charger, it is important that the charger be close, at least 3-4 feet of each other. It will also need to be placed within the range of your home’s Wi-Fi network. If you are in a time-of-use utility plan, you may want to invest in a “smart” charger. It will allow you to set a charging schedule, whereby you plug in your car at 6pm but delay charging until 9 pm. This allows you to charge during off-peak hours where electricity rates are much lower.

If you have a Level 1 charger, place the EV charger within 15-20 feet of the vehicle’s charge port as most EV cords are 18-20 feet long.

Finally, if you have two EV vehicles in the same garage, mount the EV charger on a wall between the two vehicles for equal access. Place the charger approximately 42-48 inches off the garage floor.

How much will it cost to charge your new EV?

The cost to charge your EV at home is approximately 15 cents per kWh, compared to a public/workplace charging station at 35 cents a kWh plus a $1.00 fee. A fast-charging station is approximately 50 cents a kWh with a $2.00 charging fee. So, you can see why installing your own charging station remains the most cost-effective way to charge
your EV! 

Clean Solar will install your EV charger while installing your solar and/or battery system, or if you only need the EV charger installed, our Service Department is here to help!

Owning and caring for an Electric Vehicle (EV) is easier than you think. Electric Vehicles are fun to drive! Smooth handling, instant torque, and yes, reduced carbon emissions, make owning an EV something to be proud of. They require less maintenance, and never having to go to the gas station again has its own appeal!

So, plug in and enjoy your new Electric Vehicle!