Setting Up Your Home Vehicle Charging System and the Benefits

January 14th, 2023 by

Front View of 2023 Kia Niro EV

Whether you’re thinking about making the switch to an electric vehicle (EV), in the midst of the process, or maybe even already done, chances are you probably have some questions about EV charging stations. This is especially true if you’re considering adding one to your home. So, for starters, what is an electric vehicle charging station? Are there different types of electric charging stations? And how long does it take to fully charge an EV? As always, our team at Kia of Mankato has everything you need to know. We’ve got you covered on all the answers to these questions as well as lots of information about setting up your home vehicle charging system and all the benefits that come with it. Keep on reading to learn more!

What are the Different Types of Electric Charging Stations?

Simply put, an EV is powered by an internal battery, just like your laptop, smartphone, etc. In order for your car to run, it will need to have a charge in its battery; of course, the fuller the charger the better, as this will allow you to drive further, longer, etc. Of course, some charging stations refill your battery quicker than others, as we will explain shortly. So, with that in mind, what are the different types of electric charging stations?

Side View of 2023 Kia Niro EV

At this time, there are three types of charging stations: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 1 is the least expensive—starting at a little under $200—and most accessible, but it is also the slowest and least efficient. Level 2, on the other hand, can charge your car a bit quicker, but it’s much more complicated, less accessible, and a bit more specific. In short, you will want to hire an electrician when setting this one up; trust us, when it comes to electricity, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. A Level 2 charger can easily cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000.

Last but not least, a Level 3 charger is the fastest and most expensive of the bunch. While it can easily fill up an EV within minutes, complete installation of a Level 3 charging station can cost as much as $50,000. Then again, even if you have the capital, your electricity-supplying utility may not authorize a Level 3 charger installation in your home. This is because the electrical grids of many residential areas are not yet able to accommodate such an accessory.

Rear View of 2023 Kia Niro EV

Benefits of Owning an EV Charging Station

Now, with all of these intricate details swirling around your head, you may be wondering, “What are the benefits of owning an EV charging station?” Simply put, if you own a charging station, then you are essentially your own gas station. Every single day and night, you can fuel up your EV in the convenience of your own home. Whether it’s in the afternoon, in the middle of the night, or even in the wee small hours of the morning, you will alway have a charging station right there when you need it most. For many EV owners, this is well worthwhile and then some.

Contact Our Team at Kia of Mankato

Suffice it to say, even with all the benefits in mind, setting up your home vehicle charging system is a very complicated conversation. Lucky for you, our qualified professionals at Kia of Mankato would be more than happy to assist you through the process. Whether you’re researching home vehicle charging systems, trying to find the perfect fit for you, or even in the midst of installing a Level 1 system, we would be glad to assist you every single step of the way. Just contact our team at Kia of Mankato online, give us a call at 507-769-0320 or visit us in person at 160 St Andrews Dr, Mankato, MN 56001. We hope to serve you soon!

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