As electric vehicles (EVs) are getting more popular, they are generating demand changes to businesses, housing and travel destinations .Charging stations are popping-up all over the place. Places previously deemed impractical or unsuitable for EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) are beginning to feature EV charging opportunities. The places we’re talking about include commercial settings, multi-family communities and even national parks/forests.
So you’ve just bought your first electric vehicle? Congratulations! Electric Vehicles (EVs) are fun to drive, great for the environment and incredibly easy to operate. So what’s the next step?
The next step is usually figuring out how to charge the new car and most importantly, how to charge your electric car at home. You will need to set-up your Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE). EVSE is infrastructure that supplies your EV with electric power. They work seamlessly with both BEV (Battery Electric Vehicles) and PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles).
Technically, EV chargers are built into the car. An EVSE supplies power from your home’s grid into your vehicle’s built in charger which in turn, chargers your vehicle, and keep both vehicle and home safe, and the EV charger communicates with the EV such as when it’s plugged in properly and safe to charge.
For starters, if you invest in a BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) also referred to as an electric-only car and often as an EV; you’ll never have to go to the gas station ever again. This of course is a different story if you opt out for PHEV (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) or Hybrid, which still have ICEs (Internal Combustion Engines) that do in fact need fossil fuels to operate.
The short answer is yes, electric vehicles (EVs) are in fact better for the environment as opposed to ICEVs (Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles). Thanks to government subsidies and competitive car markets, EVs are becoming much more affordable and more practical. This is of course, good news for the consumer. However, EV’s aren’t yet quite as inexpensive as some lowest-cost conventional cars, so why do people buy electric cars? Many people want to live greener lives and the environmental aspect will motivate them. But EVs are also fashionable and they’re fun to drive.
One great difference is something you can see right away, EVs have no tailpipes which means no emissions. This of course, is only true for BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles), which solely run on an electric charge. Hybrids however still have an ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), but the MPG is often much greater and the vehicles operate more efficiently, so even they are much better for the environment.
When looked at side by side, EV’s are clearly better for the environment when compared to ICEVs or even Hybrids. Why?
Owning an electric vehicle (EV) has never been more attractive, thanks to technological advancements within the electric vehicle industry. EVs are not only great for the environment, but also for your wallet, As more and more EVs hit the market, vehicles become more affordable, which of course is better for anyone considering such a vehicle. One major concern people have about purchasing an EV is the driving range – this is known as “range anxiety.” However, most urban drivers drive 35 miles a day or less, so for the average driver it’s not an issue. And of course the ranges are continually getting better and better, making the cars more attractive. However most EV drivers welcome the chance to extend range by charging at various points along the way. EV charging stations are not yet as prevalent as gas stations, which is why savvy business owners are stepping up the plate.