These days, more and more people are switching over to electric cars. The reason behind this shift is simple: electric cars use renewable energy, as opposed to siphoning a portion of natural resources from this planet that only exists infinite quantities- and to boot, they don’t add to Earth’s pollution problem.

Yet another benefit of moving to an electric car is the fact that you don’t have to make the trip to a gas station every few hundred miles to refill your tank. Instead, keeping your car up and running costs you one electric vehicle charger, that you can use whenever you’d like.

But therein lies the tricky part; there are different types of electric vehicle chargers, which have different purposes.

Level 1: The Standard Wall Outlet is the standard electric car charger

If you’re planning to take your car for a string of errands, or more simply aren’t planning to venture outside your local area with it for a while, the standard wall outlet should do the trick. It’s the slowest and least powerful type of charge you can have for an electric car, but sometimes less is more. Overcharging an electric car can significantly shorten the lifespan of your car’s battery, forcing you to have to replace it a lot sooner than you may have hoped (hyperlink: Keep it simple for simple driving with the standard wall outlet.

Level 2: 240 Volt Outlet is a more powerful electric car charger

The 240-volt outlet is the most commonly used type of charger, and it’s best used for quick, shorter-term rounds of charging. These usually require a separate charging unit that you can hook up to an outlet. It can also be used for overnight charging, as long as you’re diligent enough to remove the car from the charger the next morning so you don’t shorten your battery life. With a few hours of charging, a 240-volt outlet can carry your car for a couple of hundred miles or so before it needs a recharge.

Level 3: The DC Fast Charger is the most powerful electric car charger

The DC Fast Charger is what you’ll want to use to prepare your car for long-haul trips. These types of chargers will provide your car battery with a tremendous amount of juice and can easily get you 75 miles- if not more- before you’ll have to stop to charge it again, and with DC chargers, you’ll only need to charge your car for 15 or 20 minutes before it’s ready for the next leg of the trip. For your convenience, most rest stops along the interstate come equipped with at least one of these high-powered chargers. If you have a Tesla, their superchargers are even more powerful, plenty capable of carrying your car for 150 miles with a charge of about 30 minutes.

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