While owning an electric vehicle in Canada has several perks, one major disadvantage is the amount of time it takes to charge the car. With winters starting soon, going to a public electric car charging station in Kingston, Ontario for a couple hours seems like a big hassle. Instead, you can install an EV charging station at your home, whether it’s a condo or a house in Kingston and surrounding areas. You can keep the car for charging overnight, so when you’re ready to leave for work, it’s fully charged.
Here are 5 benefits of installing an EV charging station at home:
1. Your car is safer at home
Risks attached to charging your car at a public facility are greater than at home. It takes an EV a couple hours to fully charge and you can leave it there while running errands. Even then, there are chances it can get vandalised, stolen, or damaged by snow, lightning, hailstorm, or flood.
Depending on your requirement, a Level 2 EV charger should cost you anywhere between $1000-$1400 plus electrician fees. This is a one-time investment and omits the need to pay at a public charge, which costs you $2.50 per charge. You also save time and energy needed to drive up to the public charging station.
3. Extends the battery life of your car
Studies have found that regularly using a Level 3 fast charger can shorten the battery life of your car. Even Tesla recommends limiting the charging speed if you regularly use a supercharger. When you charge using an at-home Level 2 charger, it charges your car using AC power, which is converted to DC charge by the on-board charger and sent to the battery. At a supercharger, the battery directly gets DC charge power, which can cause overcharging.
4. Very convenient
With an at-home electric car charger, you charge your car during downtime. It’s as simple as plugging in your smartphone for charging. Electricity costs lower during night time, so you can save some extra money there as well.
5. Increases your property’s value and attracts buyers
Whenever you choose to sell your property or rent it out, an already installed EV charger is a major bonus. Many Canadians are switching to electric cars and by installing a charger today, you are investing for better returns on your property value in the future. Eventually, EV chargers are going to become a basic amenity.