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The Rise of Electric Vehicles: Why Home Charging Stations Are a Smart Investment

Close up of a charging electric car.

In the age of environmental consciousness and rising gas prices, electric vehicles have paved the way for a cleaner, greener, and more affordable future. Whether you have already started driving an EV or are looking into the option, the benefits of an at-home EV charging station can provide unmatched convenience, efficiency, and cost savings. In this blog, our professional electricians at Campbell & Company cover the rising popularity of electric cars, the benefits of at-home charging stations, and how EV chargers can improve how you power your electric car and live your life.

The Growing Popularity of Electric Vehicles in Washington

If you’re considering an electric car for your home, you’re not alone. The market for electric vehicles is growing across Washington. In fact, in March 2024, the Department of Licensing reported that about 181,400 electric cars were registered to drivers in the area, a significant jump from 94,000 in March 2022. While this represents a small percentage of the 8 million-plus vehicles on the road, it does signal a change in the way people are approaching the future of sustainable transportation in Washington.

The Need for Convenient EV Charging Solutions

With the increase in eco-friendly vehicles on the road comes the challenge of charging them. Public charging infrastructures can present numerous challenges and inconveniences when it comes to keeping your car powered and ready for use.

These challenges include:

Woman in garage with electric car charging station
  • Limited availability: Because electric vehicles are still growing in popularity, finding a charging point can be difficult, especially in popular areas during peak periods.
  • Inconsistent charging times: When you use public charging stations, they offer differing charging speeds, resulting in unknown charging times for your vehicle.
  • Compatibility issues: Not all public charging stations are compatible with every electric vehicle. This means you could be left without a much-needed recharge.
  • High costs: Charging stations often have a membership fee or charging fee, which adds up over time.

At-home charging stations present the perfect solution for your electric vehicle, providing customized charging options and power over your vehicle's energy supply.

Benefits of EV Home Charging Stations

The benefits of at-home EV charging cannot be overstated. If you’re considering a charging station for your home, you’re making a choice that will change the way you experience your electric vehicle daily.

Here are a few key benefits of installing an at-home charging station:

  • Convenience: At-home charging stations provide complete convenience, eliminating the need to use a public charger. This means you can charge your car day or night, as needed without worrying about your car's power supply.
  • Cost savings: When you’re in charge of your power usage, you can make informed choices for your vehicle, letting go of membership fees and other inconveniences that add up.
  • Peace of mind: There’s security in knowing that your vehicle is charged and ready to use when you need it. Not only does this make your overall driving experience enjoyable, but it makes your daily routines a breeze.

Factors To Consider When Installing a Home Charging Station

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If you are considering an EV charger installation, there are three levels of chargers that you should be familiar with:

  • Level 1: These chargers are typically included with your vehicle and use a standard 120-volt household outlet. They take the longest to charge your vehicle.
  • Level 2: These chargers provide faster charging speeds and require a 240-volt outlet, which needs to be professionally installed by an electrician. Level 2 chargers can often fully charge your electric car overnight.
  • Level 3: Known as DC fast chargers, level 3 chargers offer the fastest charge times and require specialized equipment. These chargers are for commercial use, not residential.

With professionals at your side, you can make the right decisions to power your car safely and reliably at home.

Choose Campbell & Company for Expert EV Charger Installations

At Campbell & Company, we understand that homeowners are moving toward sustainable living. That’s why we empower our clients to make choices that improve their comfort and reduce their carbon footprint at home. As your trusted local expert and nationally recognized industry leader, we proudly provide reliable EV charger installation services to residents in Yakima and the Tri-Cities.

Schedule EV charger installation services in Yakima and the Tri-Cities area with Campbell & Company today!

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