As El Paso electric vehicle shoppers get further along in the process of transitioning from a traditional gas-powered vehicle to an all new EV (electric vehicle) like the popular Nissan LEAF, one decision that has to be made is how to charge the EV between rides.
EV drivers love the experience of owning an electric vehicle. From the instant acceleration only a battery powered vehicle provides to skipping out on not only fill-ups at the pump, but also other routine maintenance like oil changes—there is a lot to love about driving an EV these days.
El Paso electric vehicle owners also appreciate the ability to fuel their car in their very own driveway or garage at night while they sleep. Thanks to the 6.6 kilowatt charger that comes on-board and a port for quick charging, the Nissan LEAF provides for fast charging in between trips.
To be technical, when we talk about chargers, we actually mean power supplies. Outlets and other sources simply supply the power that the on-board charger uses to fuel the battery, but for simplicities sake, we’ll stick with charger.
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An EV Keeps El Paso Drivers on the Go
Not only can drivers of a new or used Nissan LEAF charge at their home, but there are also public charging stations currently dotting the map around El Paso where EV drivers can get a quick charge thanks to the fast-charging capabilities of an electric vehicle like the Nissan LEAF.
The Nissan LEAF uses a technology known as CHAdeMO, which is the most optimized fast charging standard. Using a public fast charger located around town means your electric vehicle will be charged up in no time. EV drivers are always surprised at the range just a handful of minutes at a public quick charging station provides.
There is less and less range-anxiety for electric vehicle drivers throughout the El Paso area today than ever before. Today’s technology and charging options go a long way in assuaging these concerns—especially around the house.
Charging at Home Makes Driving an El Paso Electric Vehicle Even More Convenient
When it comes to charging your Nissan LEAF or other electric vehicle at home, the convenience for modern chargers makes it easier than ever. In fact, one option for charging at home is as simple as plugging your EV into a standard 110-volt wall outlet just as you would any other appliance.
This option provides what is known as “Level 1” charging, which meets the need for many drivers who don’t travel very far each day. Fully charging up your El Paso Nissan LEAF EV using a 110-volt outlet can take around 20 hours if the battery has been completely depleted.
However, “Level 2” charging using a 240V outlet can cut that time by over half. Depending on the amperage, charging a Nissan LEAF at Level 2 can be done in about 7 hours. This is the perfect amount of time to charge up an electric vehicle at night in your garage or driveway to be ready to go with a full charge the next day.
Most El Paso electric vehicle drivers opt to have a “Level 2 charger installed by a professional electrician at home when they purchase their new or used Nissan LEAF EV. Today’s options include smart chargers that connect to an app to manage charging.
To learn more about EV charging options, contact the expert team at Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso. Call Charlie Clark Nissan El Paso at 915-706-4100 or browse our website where you can chat with a friendly and knowledge associate today!