Charging Your EV: Public & Home Charging Options

Apr 17, 2024 - 2 minute read

EV Charging Options

Power Up Responsibly

The electric vehicle age is upon us, and Apple Ford is driving the charge! With a growing selection of exciting Ford EVs like the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the Ford F-150 Lightning, we understand that charging your electric car might be a new experience. If you’re curious about EV charging options, our team is here to shed light on the different EV charging options available, empower you to set up charging at home, and equip you with best practices for responsible EV ownership. Keep reading to learn more about EV charging options and start browsing our selection of Built Ford Tough® EVs!

Ford EV Charging Options

The extensive BlueOval™ Charge Network boasts the title of North America's largest public charging network. Spanning over 100,000 stations, you're practically guaranteed to find a power source wherever your travels take you. Need to locate Columbia, MD, charging stations near you? The network makes it a breeze! There are three main categories of electric vehicle charging options, each suited for different charging needs and scenarios.

  • Level 1 Charging: This is the slowest charging option, typically using a standard 120-volt household outlet. While convenient for emergencies or overnight charging if you have limited driving needs, it can take several hours to charge your battery fully. It typically takes around 40 to 50 hours to reach an 80% charge for your EV.

  • Level 2 Charging: This is the most common charging solution for homes and public places. Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt outlet, similar to what powers your dryer. They offer significantly faster charging times than Level 1, usually replenishing your battery in 4-8 hours, depending on your vehicle's battery capacity.

  • DC Fast Charging: Also known as DC Fast Chargers or Level 3 chargers, these are lifesavers for long road trips. Utilizing direct current (DC) electricity, DC Fast Chargers can add a significant amount of range (often up to 80%) to your battery in around 30-45 minutes, perfect for quick top-ups on the go. Keep in mind that due to their high power output, DC Fast Charging stations are typically more expensive to use than Level 1 or Level 2 options.

Home EV Charging

Having a home charging station is the ultimate convenience for EV ownership. Imagine waking up to a fully charged car every morning, ready to conquer your day! Apple Ford can help you navigate the process of installing a Level 2 home charging station. Some factors to consider include ensuring the charger you choose is compatible with your Ford EV model. Most home electrical systems can handle a Level 2 charger installation, so be sure to contact a qualified electrician to assess your specific needs and ensure a safe and proper setup.

Charge Smart, Drive Green

Now that you're equipped with the knowledge of different EV charging options, let's delve into some practices that will enhance your EV experience:

  • Moderate Charging: While DC Fast Charging might be tempting for its speed, prioritize Level 2 charging whenever possible. It offers the perfect balance between charging speed and cost, making it ideal for everyday needs.

  • Strategize Battery Health: Aim to charge when your battery reaches around 20% and unplug it once it reaches 80%. This practice helps maintain optimal battery health and extends its lifespan.

  • Temperature Matters: Just like us, batteries prefer moderate temperatures. Extreme heat or cold can impact charging efficiency. Ideally, park your EV in a temperature-controlled garage whenever possible.

By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can become a responsible and informed electric vehicle owner, contributing to a cleaner and greener future, mile after electric mile.

The Road Ahead with Apple Ford

At Apple Ford, we are committed to empowering our customers with the knowledge and resources they need to thrive in the electric vehicle landscape. Visit us today for a test drive of our exciting Ford EV lineup, and let our team guide you toward all of the EV charging options available to you on your electric journey!

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