People frequently ask “What is the difference between a ‘Level One’ charger and a ‘Level Two’ charger”. Maybe you want to equip your vacation home to better accommodate electric vehicles but don’t really know how to go about it.
Simply put, a Level One charger, or rather accommodation for a Level One charger, is as simple as an ordinary 120 volt outlet like most people already have in their garages, where an Electric vehicle owner can plug in a his vehicle’s charger. For Level Two charging you need a 240 volt outlet similar to the one you plug your driver into. At Evvacationhomes we believe all garages should be wired with a 240 volt outlet rated at least at 40 amps. 240 volt services of 20, 30 and even 50 amps are also common.
The difference between the two is a matter of charging speed. At the higher voltage, more energy can flow through the line and the vehicle’s battery will charge much faster. Many people find Level One charging to be excruciatingly slow, but if you are charging your vehicle at night, it might not make much difference. Level One will charge most vehicles at a rate of about 4 miles of range per hour or about 40 miles of range over night. If you don’t drive your vehicle very much, that might be sufficient.
Level Two speed can be as high as 70 miles of range per hour depending on the amperage of the service. A Level Two service will certainly provide a full charge overnight, even for the largest battery packages like those in the newest Teslas.
The terms ‘Super Charger’ and ‘DC Fast Charger’ are often bantered about. These chargers use Direct Current voltage at relatively high amperage and can usually charge at a rate of about 40 miles in 10 minutes. A super charger for home use would not be practical because of the size of the electric service necessary, nor would it be necessary, but the extensive network being installed by Tesla, and soon others, along the highways world-wide will allow quick charging for travelers.
A Newsletter for Vacation Homeowners
Advertising your vacation rental home to potential renters is always difficult. How do you get your home in front of the right kind of renters without some rental agency taking most of your profit? Many homeowners like to keep their rental business under their own control and keep the profit in their pocket rather than somebody else’s.
Many renters have a similar problem. How do you find just the right house to rent that suits your needs? Electric vehicle owners especially have this problem. Can they drive their electric vehicle to their vacation site and not have to worry about charging? Is there a convenient charging facility nearby? Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a charging port they could use at the house they were renting.
That is what EVVacationhomes.com is all about. Our site is targeted to the burgeoning Electric Vehicle owning audience. It’s easy. If you own a vacation rental and have a plug-in available for an EV charging device, this is the site for you. You can prepare and control your own advertisement, with multiple photographs and lists of features and manage your own bookings. We target our site toward the growing number of EV clubs and owners groups who are always looking for EV friendly places to rent for their next vacation.
If you want to list your property on our site, just log onto EVVacationhomes.com and, after a brief registration to keep the robots away, start to build your listing. Since we’re still getting started, the first 6 months will be free.
Portland, Oregon now has Tesla Taxis running as Eco Cabs. With fuel costs from the local electric company running less than 4 cents a mile compared to about 25 cents a mile for a standard gasoline vehicle, the long term economic benefit of electric vehicles is obvious, even considering the higher purchase price.
In spite of all the recent discussion about home charging, a charging unit for a Tesla need be no more complicated than a 240 volt dryer plug. Unlike most other Electric Vehicles on the market, Tesla comes with a complete charging unit that can be plugged into almost any source depending on the user’s needs. For home use (in the USA and Canada) a simple 240 volt source works fine. A 50 amp plug works faster than a 30 amp plug, but from a practical standpoint, either will be satisfactory for over night charging like most owners will use. Recently, it has been suggested that all new home installations be required, by code, to install a 240 volt plug for electric vehicle charging purposes in the garage. This is an excellent idea and one that would add only minimal cost to the wiring of the home. Tesla has done an excellent job of providing for the charging needs of it’s customers and, hopefully, other EV manufacturers will follow their lead.
One of the bigger challenges of Electric Vehicle ownership is the vehicle charging system. The various EV manufacturers are all seem to be on different pages as far as the charging systems are concerned. Nissan and most of the rest of the Japanese car builders have adapted the CHAdeMO system. The Europeans and most American companies use a SAE j1772 plug. Tesla has developed its own charger. Some vehicles come with adapters or additional plugs that allow the use of several systems. Tesla provides a charger and assorted adapter plugs with the purchase of the vehicle. Their charger can be plugged in almost anywhere except for a CHAdeMO plug although a CHAAdeMO adapter is available for extra cost. Nissan vehicles come with two plugs, one for the CHAdeMO quick charger and one for the J1772 system. Most EV purchasers are faced with buying a separate charging system with a fairly high price tag.
The diversity of charging systems makes it difficult for anyone wanting to provide EV charging service for their customers. Having to provide multiple charging systems adds cost for everyone. Vacation rental owners and other tourist destinations want to provide this service, but most are reluctant to install an expensive charging system that only services one or two types of vehicle.
Electric Vehicle manufacturers should get together and agree on a standard vehicle charging system. Money would be saved by everyone including the manufacturer.
February 16, 2016 /
by Chuck Kostow
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