Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more common on U.S. roadways with each passing year. They are coming down in price, and the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act has money dedicated to building the largest charging infrastructure ever seen in this country.
Nearly every significant automobile manufacturer is offering an EV option to their consumers, and consumers are responding positively. In 2021 along, EV sales nearly doubled. Why? Not only can you save money on fuel costs over a traditional gas-powered vehicle, but it can slash your carbon footprint as well. Purchasing an EV starts a virtuous cycle: It costs less to consumers as it helps fight the existential threat of climate change.
Most people, however, are not going to want to use public charging stations except when they’re traveling. Most EV consumers plan to charge their vehicles overnight, so they are ready to be driven during the day. The question, then, is this: What is the energy consumption of electric vehicles? Will I have to redo my entire electrical system to accommodate nightly charging? And, if so, what is the most efficient and cost-effective way to do it?
In the following article, we will explore how much electricity an electric car uses and how to calculate it and you can use a solar-powered EV charging station to power up your vehicle.