I just had a request from a guest who has an electric car and wants to charge it at my home. My electricity is already so high and I'm concerned with this additional expense. I did respond asking some details... how long does it need to charge, etc. I also said I may need to apply a surcharge for the additional consumption. I really have no idea how much it costs to charge these things. Has anyone dealt with this? Cindi
Cindi, do you have an electric car yourself? if you don't, then you won't have the charging station that electric cars need to use at your home. Electric cars can't charge with a standard outlet. They have to be plugged into a specific gizmo that is set up just for electric cars. And that has to be installed by an electrician. So if you don't have that...then your guest wont' be able to charge his car at your house. He should know that...it's odd to think of someone just randomly expecting a host to have an electric charging station if they dont' have an electric car.
Wow...I didn't know that. But I would assume my prospective guest would, so why would she not ask further? I just have regular outlets. Thanks. She did present me with a long stat showing that 30kWh would cost just over $5 and it would last about 190 km.
Yes...it is odd she expected to charge her car at your house.
Are you in the US or Europe? I am not sure how cars charge in Europe since I'm not as familiar with the electrical system there but I would assume it's similar to the US. It takes a significant load to charge a vehicle and this is more than most circuits can handle.
Post by High Priestess on Jul 2, 2017 17:08:11 GMT
Correction....what I said about the car needing an entirely different socket setup probably applies only to fully electric cars, not necessarily to hybrids that can run either normally on gas or alternatively on electric. I know someone who has a hybrid and she can plug it to a normal socket. However the power draw is still so large, that when she plugs it there, it keeps causing the circuit breaker to trip. So really she should set up an entirely different circuit just for it.