Addressing Range Anxiety with DC Fast Charging Stations and Other Electric Vehicle Charging Options
5 Apr 2023 • 4 mins to read
Are you one of those tech-savvy people who are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest innovations in the automobile industry? If yes, you must be aware that electric cars are getting more and more popular by the day, and for good reason. They are eco-friendly, efficient, and make less noise compared to traditional gas-run cars.
However, there is one issue that many EV owners face, and that is the range anxiety.
Range anxiety refers to the fear that your car battery will run out of charge before you get to your destination or the nearest charging station. This can be a major concern for those planning longer trips, but the good news is that as technology advances, charging options also continue to grow. In this blog post, we’ll talk about the different EV charging stations and other charging options that can help you address the range anxiety issue once and for all.
DC Fast Charging Stations
- DC Fast Charging Stations are the most powerful charging stations currently available for EVs.
- With a charging capacity of up to 350 kW, they can charge an EV battery to 80% in about 30 minutes.
- These charging stations are best suited for long road trips or when you are in a hurry and have no time to wait for hours to charge your battery.
- DC Fast Charging Stations are available throughout the country, and the number is growing steadily, making it easier for EV owners to plan their long trips.
Level 2 Charging Stations
- Level 2 charging stations are the most common type of charging stations found in homes and public spaces such as parking lots and malls.
- The charging capacity of Level 2 stations is between 3.3 kW and 19.2 kW, but the most common one is 7.2 kW.
- Depending on the battery size, an EV can take 4 to 8 hours to fully charge using a Level 2 charging station.
- Level 2 chargers are the best option for daily commutes and overnight charging as they take longer to charge but are less expensive than Fast Charging Stations.
- Tesla Superchargers are exclusive charging stations for Tesla vehicles.
- They have a charging capacity of up to 250 kW, which can charge a Tesla Model S to 80% in 30 to 40 minutes.
- Tesla has a network of Superchargers across the country and around the world, making it easier for Tesla owners to plan their long trips.
- Using a Tesla Supercharger is cheaper than using a Fast Charging Station, and Tesla owners get free access to the Supercharger network.
- Portable chargers, also known as Level 1 chargers, are the most basic charging option for EV owners.
- These chargers come with the car and can be plugged into a regular household outlet.
- Portable chargers are slow, taking 12 to 18 hours to fully charge an EV battery, but they are convenient for overnight charging.
- Portable chargers are also useful for emergency charging when there are no other charging stations nearby.
- EV ownership is increasing, but range anxiety remains a concern for many EV owners.
- There are various options to recharge EVs, and the availability of charging stations is growing rapidly.
- DC Fast Charging Stations are the most powerful charging stations for EVs and can charge up to 80% in about 30 minutes.
- Level 2 Charging Stations are the most common type of charging stations and are best suited for daily commutes.
- Tesla Superchargers are exclusive to Tesla owners and are cheaper than Fast Charging Stations.
- Portable chargers are slow but convenient for overnight and emergency charging.
As the EV charging infrastructure continues to grow, we can expect range anxiety to become a thing of the past. So, take the plunge and switch to an electric car, knowing that there are options available to help you deal with any range anxiety issues.
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