Electrification of America’s automobile fleet has been hailed as a great step forward in reducing pollution and curbing our nation’s dependence of foreign sources of oil. When it comes to all-electric vehicles, choices are growing and include well known manufacturers as well as a growing number of specialty manufacturers.
With electric vehicles becoming more popular than ever, CHEC wants to provide you with the information needed incase you are considering the purchase of a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PEV) or an All-Electric vehicle (EV). The following links are helpful resources when researching PEVs and EVs:
"The Electric Experience", Carolina Country Magazine
If you’ve decided an electric vehicle is the choices for you, you’ll want to consider your charging options. Vehicle charging stations depend on a number of factors, including vehicle type, driving distance and frequency of use.
Residential charging options for electric vehicles:
Level 1 Charging
Level 1 charging is the technical jargon for plugging your car into a standard 120 volt outlet. All drivers can charge their EV at this level as long as the circuit has sufficient load capacity. Level 1 should require no extra equipment or installation. Charging times for Level 1 vary between 8 – 20 hours depending on the vehicle.
Level 2 Charging
Level 2 charging requires a 240 volt circuit and the purchase of charging station equipment. This special equipment requires professional installation. Charging times for Level 2 vary between 2 to 6 hours, depending on the vehicle. Before installing a Level 2 station, it is important that you contact CHEC at (252)995-5616. The cooperative will determine if a service upgrade is necessary.