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The Future Is Now With Dixie
With advancements in technology and a desire to reduce climate change, many homeowners are investing in electric cars, such as the latest Tesla models. While these vehicles are wonderful for protecting the environment, locating your nearest charging station and waiting for the battery to charge could interfere with your everyday lifestyle. Why not install an electric car charging station at your Central Alabama home?
At Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air, our experienced technicians provide expert installation of residential electric car charging stations. We are here to help ensure that your vehicle’s battery is always charged when you’re ready to hit the road! Give our technicians in Montgomery and Auburn, Alabama, a call and let us install your electric vehicle charging station.
Benefits of a Home Electric Car Charging Station
We are all aware of the benefits of electric vehicles and how they reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions that are affecting our atmosphere, but do you know the benefits of having an electric car charging station installed at your home?
It may seem that the most obvious benefit is you can charge your vehicle’s battery while you’re at home, whether that’s overnight in the middle of the work week or on the weekends when you’d rather stay in. Your vehicle will be ready to hit the road whenever you are when you can charge it at home while it’s not in use.
Additional benefits to installing an electric charging port at your Central Alabama home include:
Electric Vehicle Types
You can divide alternative fuel vehicles into three broad classifications. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
These are probably the most well-known. They are powered by an electric motor and a small gasoline engine. When the batteries run down the engine recharges them. A true hybrid does not have a plug-in charging system for the batteries.
Many consider this to be the best of both worlds. It has enough range to run solely on battery power for most commutes. The batteries are then recharged overnight. You could potentially go weeks without even using the gas engine. When used for longer trips it switches over to gas power when the batteries die.
This type of vehicle will have the smallest carbon footprint but is also the most limited. Batteries are the only source of power and if they die before you reach a charging station you are stuck. Several models of electric vehicles now have a driving range of well over 200 miles and some are close to 300 before you need to plug it in.
Electric vehicle manufacturers, Tesla probably the best known, have their own charging systems. While there may be differences, each requires a certain level of electrical service to work properly. Dixie has gone through the extensive regulations to be an authorized Tesla charging station installer—and one of the few in the state of Alabama to do so!
This is the simplest form of charging for an electrical vehicle. It charges with a normal 120-volt AC outlet but there are limitations. It must be a dedicated circuit used ONLY for vehicle charging and NOT for other appliances. The other limitation to this system is the charging rate. It adds about two to five miles of driving range for every hour of charging.
Some vehicles may require this system which charges through a 240-volt AC circuit rated at 20 to 100 amps. If your home has adequate electrical service, the installation is pretty straight forward for our Dixie electricians. It’s the same type of heavy duty circuit as the ones for your clothes dryer and electric range/oven. Manufacturers, including Tesla, have special charging equipment to match the dedicated circuit. While a level two is more expensive, the faster charging rate may well be worth the investment. It will provide between 10 and 60 miles of driving range for every hour of charging.
This is the fastest way to charge a vehicle but is designed for commercial use and requires industrial level electrical service. It’s considered much too expensive for residential applications.
Call Dixie to Install Your New Electric Car Charging Station in Central Alabama
Investing in your electric car ensures longevity in not only your vehicle but your home. With the numerous benefits attached to installing an electric charging port, your wallet will thank you in the long-run. As Central Alabama’s leading residential electric services provider, you can trust Dixie Electric, Plumbing & Air to provide you and your home with the highest quality installation.
We provide service throughout the entire Central Alabama area, including:
Put our expertise to work, increase your property value, and decrease your electric vehicle costs with the installation of an electric vehicle charging station at your Central Alabama home! From the first conversation to the last, you’ll know why our motto is: Call Dixie, and it’s done!
Not only are there tax incentives for buying hybrid or electric vehicles, but also for the installation of a charging station. Home and business owners can deduct 30% of the cost on their federal taxes. There may be other local incentives available through government agencies and utilities.
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