Can I Charge My Electric Car with a Regular Outlet?

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Can I Charge My Electric Car with a Regular Outlet?

In a day and age where everyone is trying to make a conscious effort to "go green,” a great investment to make is an electric car. But since you won’t be filling up a gas tank when you’re running low on power, you’ll need to make sure you have a reliable way to keep your vehicle well-charged so it’s always ready to go.

While you might be tempted to plug your electric car into any regular outlet, you should think twice about the strain it may cause on the rest of your home’s electric system.

Using a 110-Volt Outlet

This is your average three-pronged outlet that you plug items such as your phone charger and blender into. While you could, in theory, plug into this outlet to charge your electric car, there are two main issues to keep in mind.

First and foremost it will take a while (around 24 hours) for your car to fully charge using this outlet. Secondly, if any other large appliance is also running on the same circuit, that circuit can trip — too much power is being drawn from it at one time.

Using a 240-Volt Outlet

The voltage in this kind of outlet allows for much faster charging — sometimes a car can fully charge in as little as four hours. These charging stations can also be hooked up to a solar panel system, saving you even more in electricity.

Since we imagine you would like to get back in your car and be on the road as quickly as possible, it is often wise to choose a 240-volt charging station for your home.

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