The future has very much arrived, and technological change is on its heels. What once seemed like science fiction is now a reality.

With the advent of electric cars, consumers are saving fuel and lowering gas and diesel emissions, improving their overall costs and conscientiousness. The final piece of the electric car puzzle is simply convenience. Electric car charging stations are not yet widespread, which is why if you are considering an electric car, you should plan to install an electric station at your residence.

Electric Power vs. Traditional Fuel

The stability and convenience of charging vehicles at home versus stopping at a gas station for fuel offer incentive enough for many commuters, but hybrid/all-electric vehicles offer other benefits as well.

Much of the petroleum used by the U.S. is imported from politically volatile regions, leading to spikes in prices. Electricity, on the other hand, is safe from supply disruptions. Electrically powered vehicles produce zero tail pipe emissions, making them better overall choices for the environment, and many hybrid or all-electric vehicles come with a nice tax credit when purchased new.

No Gas, No Problem

AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) units are available for charging, and use of either depends on the car's average commute. Both electric charging stations require electrical installation per the National Electrical Code. Even without a covered car port or garage, charging all-electric or hybrid vehicles is still safe and possible even in the rain if you choose charging equipment that is rated for outdoor use.

Most electric vehicles come with an AC Level 1 charging station. AC Level 1 EVSE stations provide charging through a 120-volt AC plug-in, which, depending on the car's battery, adds only two to five miles of driving range per hour of charging.

AC Level 2 charging stations are far more useful in most residential applications because they add about 10 to 20 miles of driving range per hour of charge time (based on car battery and circuit capacity). Level 2 EVSE stations require installation by a professional technician. AC Level 2 home charging stations operate through 240-volt plug-ins, which are available in most homes.

Pat Murphy Electric has been Atlanta's choice in residential technician repair since 1982 and is now proud to serve the Knoxville area as well.

Contact one of our Atlanta technicians today to install an electric charging station for your all-electric or hybrid vehicle today! Our licensed and insured technicians are knowledgeable, courteous and prompt.