Electric vehicle charging frequently asked questions (FAQ)
I think my job is very small, are you still interested?
Yes. We install EV chargers and plant trees because we care deeply about our planet and the environment. We’ve heard from customers that before talking to us they had a hard time getting an electrician to install their EV charger because the job was too small. We don’t operate this way! We love our customers, word of mouth about our great service is important to us and a small job done for a satisfied customer may well lead to a referral. No job is too big or too small and we look forward to working with you.
Why should I buy from you?
We offer the best service, installation and warranty at a fair price, and we feature electric vehicle chargers from the top manufacturers. We work with all size jobs. We plant a tree for each EV charger we install. We take great pride in our work. And finally we are EV charging experts and will help you get the right charger for your needs. Additionally since our business is EV chargers we are able to offer truly competitive pricing, and all work is done by licensed electricians trained to properly install electric vehicle charging stations.
Can I buy a charger from you right now?
Yes! You can buy an EV charger right now from us, simply Contact us today.
What are the advantages of driving an electric vehicle?
There are numerous advantages, from helping to make the environment better to saving you money and the actual ride in an electric car is thrilling, acceleration is awesome, there are usually many high-tech gadgets and connectivity, it’s just a great experience.
Are there public charging stations where I can charge my electric vehicle?
Yes, public charging stations are located in mall parking lots, city garages and many other locations across the country.
What is EVSE?
EVSE stands for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, also informally called a charging station. They use a 240-volt outlet. All come with the same “J connector” that allow almost all plug-in vehicles to connect to any charging station.
What are the different types of plug-in electric vehicles?
The types of plug-in electric vehicles are:
• Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)
• Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)
What is the difference between BEVs and PHEVs?
BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) run entirely on electricity stored in batteries and are recharged by plugging in at home, work or a public location. Full function BEVs are freeway capable with an operating range of 60+ miles, and generally take 6-8 hours to recharge at 220-volt power.
PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) run on a combination of electricity and gasoline, and have the ability to be plugged in for a charge. Their all-electric range varies by model, but generally is about 10-40 miles before the vehicle begins to operate like a regular hybrid. PHEVs are attractive because they are capable of all-electric short distance trips as well as long distance driving in regular hybrid mode.
What are the available electric vehicle charging levels?
Most electric vehicles (EVs) will charge at one of three charging “levels.”
• Level 1 – Basic, “slow,” “trickle” charging – Residential – 120 volts AC (alternating current) – Typically will take 3-7 Hours for PHEVs and 9-20 Hours for BEVs. Vehicles plug directly into a typical 120‐volt outlet. Electrician will evaluate the circuit to determine if upgrades or modifications to the property’s main electric panel or circuits are required, and it should be a dedicated circuit (no other appliances should use the same circuit.)
• Level 2 – Fast, or “quick” charging – Residential and commercial – 240 volts AC – Typically will take 1-3 Hours for PHEVs and 4-8 Hours for BEVs. Requires a charging station. Electrician will determine if upgrades or modifications to the property’s main electric panel or circuits are required.
• Level 3 DC – Very fast charging – Commercial – 480 volts DC (Converts 3-phase AC to DC) or higher –Typically will take 5-20 minutes (80% charge) for PHEVs and 10-30 minutes (80% charge) for BEVs. Requires more complex installation and electrical infrastructure upgrades.
Do all electric vehicles have a common plug?
The Society of Automotive Engineers has established a uniform “connector” standard (J1772) for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. Most electric cars currently on the market or due to launch over the next several years comply with this standard. DC fast charging connectors are available in several standards and will vary depending on the make and model you choose.
Will switching to an electric car save me money?
Yes, compared to gasoline, electricity is more cost effective. How much money you can save depends on the electricity rates offered by your local utility. It is possible to save even more if you charge at night, or during off-peak hours. Battery-powered cars also have lower maintenance costs because there are fewer moving parts to service and repair.
Why should I drive electric?
A Plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) delivers all the features and safety of a regular gasoline car with many additional benefits. With lower fuel costs (electricity vs. gasoline) and lower maintenance costs, PEVs cost less to own over their lifetimes than comparable gasoline vehicles. Also, PEV drivers get high performance, smooth acceleration, great torque and quiet comfort from their vehicles. And, you get numerous other benefits well including preferential parking, purchase incentives, and the admiration from other motorists, and how satisfying is it to know that your PEV is significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting down on air pollution? Pretty satisfying indeed!
Aren’t there a few electric car models available? And don’t they look weird and drive differently?
No! There are numerous amazing models available today and more coming all the time! They are beautiful cars and are really fun to drive! From sports cars to compacts to crossovers, there’s a car for practically everyone.
Is there anything different about driving electric?
Yes! And it’s all good! Electric cars are really quiet, and at the same time, are capable of exhilarating acceleration and rapid braking, and the braking recharges the car! In addition, with a battery electric vehicle, there are no more trips to the gas station because you can charge at home, work, or in a public charging station. Plug-in electric vehicles are extremely efficient and are usually loaded with all fun high tech gadgetry. Most plug-in electric vehicles have a display screen which gives the driver tons of useful information. They are also equipped with regenerative deceleration, which captures kinetic energy during deceleration to recharge the battery while driving.
How far can I drive?
It depends upon your choice of Plugin Electric Vehicle (PEV) and your driving style. Pure battery electric vehicles can generally go 60 – 120 miles on a full charge, which is plenty of range for most people (the average Californian travels less than 30 miles a day.) If more range flexibility is needed, however, a plug-in hybrid might be a better fit. They can generally run on battery alone for 10 – 40 miles, and then continue up to 400 miles as a gasoline-electric hybrid which you can refill at any gas station.
I care about the environment, are you a green business?
Yes, we care deeply about our planet and the environment, and plant a tree for each charger we install.
Why choose BPM for our EVSE instalment?
EV Safe Charge has an unparalleled team of sustainability experts and charging gurus to craft the perfect solution for your business. No matter how complicated your EV charging installation is, we can help.