Going Electric

Thinking green isn’t just a hippie’s idea of the future anymore. Getting an electric vehicle and adopting sustainable living is becoming a reality through our expansion of a charging network that will allow you to travel wherever you want to go. Buying a new vehicle is difficult, especially when you’re buying a new type of vehicle. We want to relieve you of any stress you may have. Below is our quick and easy course on transitioning to electric.

In case you have more questions, we will be happy to assist you either through our Contact page or social media platforms.

Things to Consider

There are many items that need to be considered when buying an electric vehicle and understanding how they impact you personally. In the following sub topics, we will address what possible situations are like for people and what would be the best for your life and your habits.

When choosing an electric vehicle you must first pick a vehicle for where you live. Living in a house makes owning an electric vehicle very easy. Charging in a garage overnight and waking up with a full charge is a breath of fresh air. Plug it in like you would a phone and enjoy it in your daily routine. Now living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t own an electric vehicle, it just means you will need to charge in a community garage, solely on public charging infrastructure, at your place of work, or a combo of all of these options. Choosing to charge and where to charge will depend on distance driven everyday.  Charging options will be addressed later in this page.

When choosing an electric vehicle you must first pick a vehicle for where you live. Living in a house makes owning an electric vehicle very easy. Charging in a garage overnight and waking up with a full charge is a breath of fresh air. Plug it in like you would a phone and enjoy it in your daily routine. Now living in an apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t own an electric vehicle, it just means you will need to charge in a community garage, solely on public charging infrastructure, at your place of work, or a combo of all of these options. Choosing to charge and where to charge will depend on distance driven everyday.  Charging options will be addressed later in this page.

Everyone has a budget that they like to adhere to. Going electric will be less expensive to operate and even maintain. Electric vehicles have long life cycle batteries and last 8+ years on the low end. Buying an electric vehicle can be as expensive or as inexpensive as you want it to be. More expensive luxury electric vehicles will require a higher upfront cost and will have higher insurance costs while less expensive electric vehicles will have less features including battery management, autonomous driving and more. Buying newer electric vehicles will run around $30k-$45k on the low end and can cost upwards of $60k-$90k. Buying used will save a lot more money but with provide less features and less range. The used market for electric vehicles starts as low as $4k and will vary based on selected models. Another factor in cost is battery range and features such as fast charging ability. Below we will continue with how charging will work in your new car.

How does Charging work?

1. Electric cars come with a charger for a standard outlet found in your home. The end that plugs into the vehicle is called an SAE J1772 connector and this is found in every electric vehicle regardless of manufacturer (minus one company). Using the standard at home outlet, this will draw 5 miles of charge an hour. This common speed is known as level 1 charging and is considered the slowest standard in charging. Most people will opt for the next method for at home and local charging as it charges faster.

2. Level 2 charging uses the standard SAE J1772 connector from the previous explanation but the charger plugs into a 220volt and higher outlet. This outlet can vary depending on situation but this can be done using a standard washer outlet. Many home owners who don’t have these outlets in their garage will require a certified electrician to create this setup. Alternatively, many use public charging level 2 chargers at participating grocery stores, shopping centers and malls. These supply about 20-25 miles per hour of charge.Simply just plug the head into your port and start charging! ChargeShare will use these to supplement our nationwide deployment of fast chargers.

3. Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Fast Chargers using level 3 and up can charge a vehicle from empty to full in a slow as 1 hour to as fast as 10 minutes depending on electrical grid, charging infrastructure, and kilowatt hours your car can accept with its on board charger.  ChargeShare will display charging speed for every station that is deployed on our network map. Charger power will be determined on location and customer needs.

We hope this has helped in your journey to driving electric. We look forward to serving you with our chargers and providing you the highest level of service. If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to reach out via our contact page.

DISCLAIMER

Your vehicle needs to be equipped with fast charging capabilities to take advantage of the infrastructure. ChargeShare’s chargers will vary in quickness and efficiency depending on fast charger selected and local infrastructure. Our chargers are planned to be deployed across the USA and will cater to all cars. This includes CHAdeMo, CCS, and adaptors for Tesla vehicles. If you don’t know what that means, don’t sweat it. Our website and mobile application will come equipped with a guides to help you know which charging plug to use at any of our locations. Also, this guide will indicate general charge times of which will help you plan travel experiences accordingly. This guide will arrive in early 2019.