While electric vehicles are, generally, more expensive than its gas-powered counterparts, the federal and state governments offer tax credits to offset this cost. The Qualitied Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Tax Credit is the primary federal incentive program. While Texas offers 2 options: clean vehicle replacement vouchers and light-duty alternative fuel vehicle rebates. These have helped the growing popularity of electric vehicles.
Once you have made the decision to purchase an electric vehicle, you must consider charging options. While there is a network of charging stations across Texas, an in home EV charger is a must. The EV charger is an element in the infrastructure that supplies electric energy for the recharging of plug-in electric vehicles. This is for both fully electric cars as well as plug-in hybrids. The residential charging station has a standard receptacle, typically in the garage, so the car can charge overnight. This will have no separate metering but may require a dedicated circuit for faster charging.
There are 3 main types of EV Charging – Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Chargers. These all have varying levels of charging time and cost.
1. Level 1- charging does not require any professional installation. It is the least expensive option but, also, takes the longest to charge. Delivering only 2-5 miles per hour of charge.
2. Level 2– This charger cannot be plugged into a standard electrical outlet. This will take a professional installation. These chargers provide 10-60 miles per hour of charge. Due to this, this charger is suitable for both residential and commercial properties
3. DC Fast Charger – This is, by far, the fastest charging option. You can charge 10-60 miles every 20 minutes. These chargers require special equipment that must be installed by an authorized professional.
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