December 18, 2014

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Those who have already installed all the necessities to accommodate their electric cars at home will vouch… it needs to be easier!

The gist is that installing the infrastructure to accommodate an electric vehicle, EV at home is cumbersome, takes too much time and is downright confusing.  The system, especially in the U.S. needs to be streamlined and quicker to implement.  Currently, the wait is anywhere from 30 to 45 AFTER you finally bought your EV to recharge at home.  This hinders the widespread adoption of EVs.

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Facilitating Plug In At Home.  According to the DetroitPress, the Business of Plugging In conference highlights the problem.  A consumer currently has to find a licensed electrician to make sure the wiring in the garage is up to specifications and also have their local authorities inspect the work done.  This already adds on top of the original purchase of the EV.  If you decide to go the fast charging stations route, you will need to add an additional $2,000 to 5,000, depending on what type of charger and installation.

To add to the urgency, experts predict EV and plug-in hybrids, PHEV will come on to the market at a far greater pace than expected.  According to Peter Darbee, CEO of Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. in California, the demand for plug-in electric vehicles is likely to surpass industry estimates.

Thankfully, most serious car makers are already working with utilities, such as Nissan and others.  This will help utilities better prepare for a onslaught of energy demand, especially in those hot summer days where people cannot stand no AC above 70 Fahrenheit, or 25 Celsius.

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