Charging Your Electric Car in Your Garage
Although owning an electric car is environmentally friendly, the most important question to ask is whether you can charge your car directly from your own garage or not. An electric outlet in your garage is a necessity if you own an electric car because it’s not always possible to go to a gas station to recharge your car. There is an interesting debate going on between car makers and private owners who are challenging the fact that the best solution, according to the car makers, is to have various outsourced car charging stations.
The international car making company, Nissan, is proposing an alternative to charging in gas station. Their solution is to build various charging docks which then are distributed along the highways. This method is intended to charge your electric car for a duration of approximately thirty minutes. This, in itself, would be a great idea but the estimated amount for every charging dock is $45,000, so because of this elevated price most electric car owners cannot afford to install such a system in their own private garage. Nissan says that as time goes by, this particular solution will be available to all electric car owners because the price will drop drastically.
Having a Second Battery (Also known as the Battery Swap Method)
The simplest of solutions is to have a second battery for your car. You could have the first battery in your car and the second battery charging in your garage by an electric outlet. Once your present battery runs out of power all you have to do is to insert the second battery and leave the first one to charge in your garage. This battery swap method is the only available option for today.
Legal and Electrical Situations
Having an electric car outlet into your garage requires some sort of permits because of the various tweaks you may need to perform onto your electric system, which may not be very cheap to make. As you may anticipate, this has to be done by a professional and Nissan, amongst other, is already making an agreement with a contractor that eventually will provide the equipment and installation. As you may know, there are different types of electric cars, that is, level one and level two. A level one electric car is charged by 120 volts and requires from 8 to 12 hours of charging. A level two electric car requires 240 volts to charge and 4 to 6 hours to fully charge. The latter type is more suitable for a commercial and private purpose because normally you cannot afford a waiting time of 8 to 12 hours in order for your electric car to charge properly.