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5 Top myths about electric car charging

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The State and federal governments, small and big automakers, venture capitalists and utilities have decided to dedicate increased attention and capital to build a large network of charging points for the latest generation of plug- in vehicles

With the introduction of electric cars people are trying to find alternative ways to charge their electric cars. These methods are not approved and are not necessarily authentic. A lot of misconceptions have arisen regarding the charging of these vehicles. People are using trial and error methods to find ways to charge their electric cars. Below are some of the myths about charging electric cars.

1. Public charge points are going to handle most of the plug-ins

The public charging places located all around the town should handle this problem by itself. But people should not solely depend on these public charge points for recharging their cars. Bob Hayden, the chief of city infrastructure and community of San Francisco, said during a meeting at the Plug-in 2009 conference held at Long Beach in Calif that there are a lot more factors associated with these public charging points. During off-peak hours people can recharge their cars at their residence or their workplaces. The main purpose is not to depend solely on the public charge points because on doing so, these charge points will come under a lot of pressure and may get damaged. So don’t use the public charge points until it is absolutely necessary.

2. Fast charging is what is required

Fast charging is necessary for the cars when they are on the move. During long trips or rush hours of the day the cars need to be recharged at a fast pace. This is really important. These fast charging points should be set up at shopping malls or in the middle of the highways. This would help the busy travelers to get along with their rides. But charging points at homes and at working places does not need to be fast because over here one can afford the time for the cars get charged. Selective charging points should be upgraded to fast charging points.

3. Early infrastructure should be started in urban centers

It is important to install a ‘safety net’ of charges outside the urban centers so that people get encouraged to buy more electricity run vehicles. These charge points won’t be used much but the positive thing is that drivers do not have to worry about reaching their homes in order to recharge their vehicles. This idea was originally given by Jim Kelly of Utility Southern California Edison.

4. Charging stations are going sell electricity

Some companies like Coulomb Technologies, who make charge point hardware, would have to find a workaround like Auto blog Green. Their solution is that they want to sell access instead of electricity. Vehicle owners would pay per charging session. The rate would be set from before. Other shopping mall that pays Coulomb Technologies to install the stations would have to keep the single-use fees. This would help them to cover the electric costs. On the other hand Coulomb Technologies is planning to subscribe plans involving pre-paid charging. This is one of the most bothering myths related to the charging of electric cars.

5. You can plug in your car on any of the outlet which provides high voltage and which is accessible by you

Some of the EV enthusiastic believes that new infrastructure is not at all required in order to roll out huge numbers of electricity run vehicles. People believe that there is no need to build new charging points to recharge cars. There are a number of 120 volt outlets. People can charge their electric cars from these. But the main question is how many owners of electricity run cars have access to such outlets. Reports suggest that less than 8% of the users have access to the outlet on a dedicated circuit. If something else is turned on the circuit will be tripped. This is also another myth regarding charging of electric cars.

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