Congratulations! You’ve jumped onto the Electric Car train, and you’re ready to get started. The problem is finding a place to “charge up.” What you need is a home car charger! If you're a property manager looking to maintain relevance in an increasingly competitive rental market, you also need to seriously think about a car charger for your property.
Below are five reasons to install a Level 2 charging station at your home or property.
The best reason to install a home car charging device is convenience. If you charge your car at home, you will not be dependent on third-party charger stations for your regular day-to-day commuting.
As electric vehicles become more and more popular, the lines at vehicle charging stations will become more and more crowded. If you are dependent on third-party stations, you’re simply adding extra tasks to your day. If your charging takes place overnight at your home, you will not have that inconvenience.
If you’re driving an electric vehicle, you’re already winning the battle against the wallet.
Owning an electric vehicle is a cost-saving measure, and so is installing a home car charger device. You may not be aware, but your local power company varies its costs depending on the time of day. At moments when there is a large demand for power, the cost of electricity per kilowatt is higher. Adversely, when there is less demand for power, say at night time or in the early hours of the morning, the cost of power per kilowatt is low.
Since cars that are charged at home are charged in these low-demand hours, the cost of “electric fuel” is low for you. Compared to third-party providers that you’d use during high-peak moments, your wallet will be thanking you for the at-home charger.
We all strive for the predictability. The unpredictable things of life are the things that cause us stress. Installing a home car charger moves your car charging needs into a more predictable category. No more arriving at a public charging station, only to find that you are waiting in line for hours. With an at-home charging station, you can be confident that when you commute to work your car is powered up with enough energy.
Car charges are graded on three levels. A LEVEL 1 charger is a “trickle charge,” a very slow charge. A LEVEL 2 charge is considered “in the middle standard charge.” A LEVEL 3 charge is the “quick charge,” for moments you’re in a rush.
Each level has its trade-off. A LEVEL 1 charger is slow but effective. A car that is charged with a LEVEL 1 charger will have a deeper charge. This means an electric car can actually travel farther. The tradeoff is time because it takes a lot longer to charge than other levels.
A LEVEL 3 charger on the other hand can quickly power a vehicle, but the trade-off is diminished distance and impacted battery life. An electric vehicle will not travel as far, and cars charged this way will need replacement batteries more often.
The best option for at home is a LEVEL 2 charger. This is considered the “Goldilocks” option, essentially the best of both worlds. Installing this charger at your home will diminish your need to find third-party LEVEL 3 chargers throughout the day.
A final benefit of installing a car charger at your property is aimed at the person who manages the rental property. Similar to how gas stations will eventually become vestiges of the past, so too will homes without electric car charging stations.
Electric cars are becoming more and more popular by the day. This means it’s becoming more and more likely that future renters are going to look for car charging options when they look for their next rental. If your property is one of the few properties that offer this option, your property can demand a larger rent.
Not a bad reason to forge ahead with a home car charger.
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