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Electric Vehicles

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.  

Green Toyota plus-in hybrid electric vehicle with hood up  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:

Energy.gov

PluginCars.com

GoElectricDrive.com 

EVObsession.com

FuelEconomy.gov

PluginAmerica.org

"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. 

Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Station with red Chevy Volt plugged in

 
 
 
 
 
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