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When it comes to technology, having the latest gadgets makes you look both smart and cool, but does that strategy work with cars? Automakers say that electric vehicles are the future of the industry, but even with many EVs on the market, they may not be the perfect choice for you.
So first, letís look at the basics.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE?
An electric vehicle ditches the need for gasoline, diesel or any kind of internal combustion engine. Instead they are powered by an electric motor, which is paired to a battery. Just like a gas-tank, an electric battery can run low but an EV doesnít visit the gas station. Instead they use electricity from the very same grid that powers your home. That means you can plug an electric vehicle into any traditional AC outlet.
However, the speed in which a battery recharges is dependent on the type of charger used. Level 1 chargers are the slowest and use a 120-volt outlet, just like whatís available throughout a house or garage, while level 2 chargers provide more power and faster charges, but use a 240-volt outlet. Many EV buyers purchase a Level 2 charging station for their home in order to enjoy faster recharge times, and automakers encourage this.
Finally, thereís Level 3 charging, which is also called DC Fast charging. This speeds up charging significantly, but Level 3 chargers arenít available at home and youíll only find them at dedicated public charging stations.