If you’re considering purchasing or leasing a Nissan Electric Vehicle (EV) but are concerned about the charging situation, let us put your worries at ease! This guide shows you just how simple and easy it is to charge an electric vehicle at home, in public, and even without a garage.
Charging in Public
Charging your car in public is just as easy as pumping gas, it just takes a bit longer! Once you find a public charging station near you, which can easily be done with apps and charging networks, you’ll get started by swiping your card and entering any relevant information. Some chargers will ask you to download an app and create an account to make this recharge – and every future recharge – easier. After your account and payment are set up, plug the charging cord into your car’s charging port and hang out until the battery reaches your desired level. When you’re finished, be sure to return the charging cord to the proper place on the charger for the next user.
Charging at Home
Charging your Nissan EV at home is incredibly easy and convenient. You have two options for charging at home:
- Level 1 charging (120-volt with standard 3-pin cord)
- Level 2 charging (240-volt with a level 2 outlet)
Level 1 charging is perfectly capable of charging up your car’s battery, though it will take much longer (up to 24 hours depending on the battery size and level) than Level 2 charging. Level 1 chargers have standard plugs and can plug into any regular outlet in your garage or driveway. Level 2 chargers can charge car batteries much quicker, usually from 0 to 100 in about 8 hours. However, Level 2 chargers are special equipment with special outlets and have to be installed by a professional electrician. Depending on the age and structure of your home’s electrical grid, you may need to make significant changes to accommodate a Level 2 charger.
Charging Without a Garage
No garage? No problem! As long as you have a power source and a place to park, you can have an outdoor-rated, weather-sealed EVSE installed on the exterior of your home. If you’re concerned about charging in the rain or snow, consider getting a pop-up, storable carport for extra coverage when the weather isn’t favorable.
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