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One of the most difficult adjustments I had to make after my divorce was learning how to maintain and repair my own vehicle. That was one thing that my husband had always taken care of for me. Since the divorce, I have learned quite a bit about maintaining a car myself. I have picked up a few tidbits of information that has helped me avoid being overcharged for simple things that I can quickly do myself - like jump-starting my dead battery and changing a flat tire. If you need to learn how to independently maintain your vehicle for the first time, take a moment and visit my site.

Charging Options To Consider When Buying A New Electric Vehicle

When considering a new electric vehicle, you have a few things to think about beyond what type of car or truck to buy. EVs (electric vehicles) require charging, and while that often happens at home, there are times when you will need an alternative source for EV charging for your electric vehicle.

Installing An EV Charging Station

When buying an electric vehicle, you will need a charging station at home to recharge your car or truck daily. Most EVs come with a charger that you can plug in at home to top off the batteries, but many of the included chargers are slow and may require overnight charging to keep the batteries full. 

Hiring an electrician or charging station installer to put in a larger charger for your vehicle is often worth the added cost and can improve the charging so you can top up the batteries in a couple of hours instead of overnight. There are many optional EV charging stations available for different cars on the market that can be installed inside a garage or outside your home if you do not have a garage space for your EV.

Fast charge stations typically require a higher voltage than a regular outlet provides, so you may need an electrician to add a circuit to your service panel dedicated to the charger and nothing else. Many times that needs to happen before the charger installation, but if the electrician doing that work is installing your EV charging station, it can all be one service call to your home. 

Changing Away From Home 

When buying a new EV, it is essential to consider EV charging away from home. If you commute to work every day and the distance is outside your vehicle's normal range, you may need to find a charging station near your job that you can use to charge your EV after you arrive.

Many businesses are adding EV charging stations for customers and employees, and most have discounted rates you pay through a membership when you use them. Once you charge your car, move it to a different parking space in the lot so others can use the EV charging station after you. 

There are some manufacturers that offer free charging at specific locations, like the dealership, but most require some payment to use. There are mobile apps to help you find charging stations along a specific route, so planning a trip and where you will stop to charge is easier. 

Contact a company like Battery Park Inc. to learn more.