Tips for Buying an EV Home Charging Station

Best EVSE for 2014 Accord Plug-in

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The Level 2 240-volt EVSE from Leviton is capable of providing the Plug-in with full power in an hour.

We recently told you about the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid. The hybrid is capable of class-winning 50 mpg without ever needing to be plugged in. However, the 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in has a heavier reliance on electricity which requires that the battery is plugged in and recharged. This is a turn off for most people, but hold on for a second, the 124 city and 105 highway MPGe ratings may change your mind about this sedan. Those numbers become even more appealing when you find out how easy it is to charge the Accord Plug-in. We have 29 EV charging stations around San Antonio, but home charging stations are also available. There are a variety of stations available so let’s go over a few things that you should know before you buy a home charging station, called Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, or EVSE.

When the Accord Plug-in is plugged into a 240-volt charger, it’s capable of giving the Accord Plug-in a full charge in less than an hour. That is with a Level 2 charger from Leviton, the company Honda has chosen as the preferred supplier and installer of home charging stations. The company obtains all required permits from your local municipality before installation to keep you from having to do the work. This makes it one of the best EVSE for the 2014 Accord Plug-in.

Honda has made it easy by finding the ideal company to set up their home chargers, but there are other options out there. Even if you don’t end up going through Leviton though, you should always buy an EVSE that can handle 30 amps minimum. Typically 30 amps pumping through the battery for an hour will provide an EV with 30 miles of range.

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The Accord Plug-in has a fuel economy of 124 MPGe in the city.

Another thing to make sure of is that your charging station is installed in a convenient place. Think about how the car will be parked before you have it installed. You obviously want the EVSE to be on the same side as the plug-in on the car. If you plan on getting two electric vehicles, be sure that the EVSE is in a location which can access both vehicles easily. Most charging cables are somewhere between 15 and 25 feet in length. You should never have the EVSE installed permanently either. This is an option, but if you end up moving, removing the EVSE becomes more of a hassle. Instead have an electrician install a NEMA 14-50 outlet. This is the type of outlet which normally powers clothes dryers. That way, if you do move, all you have to do is unplug your charging station and bring it with you.

Public charging stations are nice, but it’s much more convenient to charge your EV when it’s parked in the garage. As we said, there are many different EVSE options, but we would have to go with Honda’s recommendation of the Leviton Level 2 charger. As the manufacturer recommends the company, it’s likely to work best with the Accord Plug-in. If an electric vehicle isn’t really your thing, be sure to check out our vast new car inventory where you can find plenty of models that run strictly on gas.

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