Charging an electric car is an entirely new paradigm for ‘fuel’.

It takes longer for electric cars to charge than it does for gas cars to refuel. While this fact is not denied, electric vehicle drivers are using their charging hours elsewhere to make the most of the extra time – something we will all need to consider as the world moves away from internal combustion engines.

Charging electric vehicles requires a paradigm shift compared to refueling gas, as activities such as shopping, going to restaurants or cafes, and sleeping are used to consume the extra time it takes to charge an electric car, such as Forbes acknowledges.

The average consumer may not realize some of the differences between electric vehicles and gas-powered cars, although many are reluctant to make the switch due to range concern, charging time, and a number of other uncertainties.

Forbes He argues that reframing thought about electric vehicle charging requires the user to see charging as a service, not as an energy good — as we do with gasoline. Compared to refueling a gas car, charging an electric car is more dependent on it where You are when charging, and what amenities or activities may be nearby and accessible.

For example, home charging provides users with the ability to charge while they sleep at night, eliminating the need for fast chargers or spending extra time outside.

If you do not have home charging equipment installed, you will have to consider other charging options and the types of amenities available near the station(s) where you will inevitably need to post.

Tesla boss Elon Musk said last year that the company plans to build several restaurants at several of the automaker’s Supercharger stations — a good example of how one can use time while charging. At checkout, Tesla owners can keep their cars locked while charging, and they can monitor charging levels remotely using the Tesla app.

Why the world doesn’t seem to understand how electric vehicle charging works and still thinks it’s just like gasoline (YouTube: BradTem Robocars+)


However, many electric cars also offer additional entertainment options for this very reason, including Tesla, which has made gaming an option from inside the car, as another example of how charging time is spent.

While charging an electric vehicle takes a long time compared to filling it up at a gas station, one of the advantages of charging an electric vehicle relatively is that it presents a much lower cost to drivers. It currently costs about three times as much to operate a gas-powered vehicle as it does an electric vehicle, according to consultants at the ICF’s Climate Center. interested in trade.

Much more is still needed in the coming years to make chargers as popular as gas stations, especially as more and more consumers use electric vehicles in their personal garages.

The Biden administration recently unveiled a $5 billion plan that would virtually put electric chargers every 50 miles across the United States.

The increased availability of chargers and ambient amenities will help the average consumer feel more comfortable purchasing electricity, and spark the transition to zero-emission transportation solutions.

Originally posted on EVANNEX. Written by Zachary Visconti.


 


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