Don’t get caught out with a flat battery

Cars have come a long way over the years, and with the growing number of low emission vehicles coming onto the market, you may be looking to upgrade to either an Electric or Hybrid for your next car.

But what’s the best way to charge it?

Charging your car with low emissions electricity is easy to do at home or out and about. But while the public charging network is growing all the time, more drivers are opting to charge their vehicles at home.

While a portable 3-pin cable is typically provided with your vehicle when you purchase it, keep in mind it will be slower charging than wall-mounted units and commercial chargers like those found at shopping centres and parking buildings.

The best option for efficient and fast charging of your vehicle is to have a dedicated wall-mounted charging unit installed in your home. There are several factors to take into account when deciding on the best option for your home.

While it’s charging your car, your home electric vehicle charger will draw more current than any other appliance in your house, so it’s important to have a professional assess your homes current electricity use to work out whether your electricity supply needs to be upgraded.

If you’ll be keeping your vehicle in a garage, then an inside wall-mounted charger will usually be the best solution. However, if your vehicle will predominantly be parked outside, there are options to suit carport or driveway installations.

The most important thing is to make sure your charger is installed by a licensed Electrician who is experienced with electric vehicle chargers. When the work is completed, you will receive a copy of the Certificate of Compliance as your guarantee that the work has been done in accordance with all required safety standards.

If you’re in the market for a low emission vehicle and want to discuss your charging options, or if you’ve already purchased one and are looking to have a charger installed in your home, give the team at Blackout Electric a call on 022 500 5856 or email us at info@blackoutelectric.co.nz.