GET CHARGED UP!

Home charging, public charging, super charging?
You have questions and we have answers.

CHARGING BASICS

Where can I charge my car?

Anywhere! Your new EV will come with a 120v cord allowing you to charge where ever you end up. There are a growing number of charging stations that allow you to power up on the go. Convenient locations such as grocery stores often have charging stations.

How long does it take to charge my car?

PHEVs require 1-4 hours to be fully charged, while EVs cars require 4-8 hours (from 0 to 100%). On average, cars are parked at home for up to 14 hours a day, and at work for around 8 hours a day. With a charging station, this time can be used to top up your car.

How much does it cost to charge my car?

The average cost of charging any EV is around 22 cents per kWh. Let’s say your electric car has an empty battery and approximately 12 kWh battery capacity. In most cases, your car should be able to reach approximately 60 – 80 km with a single charging session.

CAN I USE SOLAR ENERGY TO CHARGE MY CAR?

Solar panels and electric cars are a match made in heaven ­– when you install a solar energy system, you can use it to both power your home and charge your EV for emissions-free transportation. Even a small 10 panel array can provide enough power for your EV.

AT HOME

Level 1: The Standard 120v
Does not require any additional hardware–simply plug in charger to normal wall outlet and then to vehicle and you are charging. The standard charger provides between 3 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging. Your new EV will come with the cord.

Level 2: The Powerful 240v
The 240v charger requires installation and VERV can help! It provides between 12 to 60 miles of range per hour of charging depending on your car’s capacity to accept a charge. Many utility companies even offer rebates for installing this rapid charger in your home.

ON THE GO

There are a growing number of charging stations that allow you to power up on the go. Convenient locations such as grocery stores often have charging stations. Charging stations across the US are usually 240 volt rapid chargers and free to use, making this a convenient option.

CHARGER INSTALLATION

Level 2 installation requires running 240 volts from your breaker panel to your charging location. A “double-pole” circuit breaker needs to be attached to two 120 volt buses at once to double the circuit voltage to 240 volts, using a 4-strand cable. You may have to replace your breaker box entirely to have a compatible interface

If that sounds confusing, don’t worry! VERV can install Level 2 chargers for you.