Electric vehicles are in demand, but charging them can lead to unexpected costs

As gasoline prices drop as the winter months approach, the United States continues to see a boom in electric vehicle sales. What you may not realize when shopping is the start-up cost to ensure you can charge your car home.Richard Bazzy is the owner of Shults Ford. He has seen the electric vehicle boom firsthand. The demand is great — and patience is really your only choice. “We have bookings that are incredible. Hundreds, thousands of reservations for the F-150 Lightning and Mach-E,” Bazzy said. According to the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, the number of electric and hybrid cars on the road in our area is increasing. the cars here are either fully electric or plug-in hybrids. But since the start of 2019, there are nearly four times as many hybrid cars on the roads in and around Pittsburgh, with the biggest spike coming since the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The public is really waiting for this. They really want it,” Bazzy said. But how exactly do you charge this battery? Bazzy explained that consumers would need to purchase a charging station, which costs “about $800.” The next step: “Then you will call an electrician.” “It’s a level one charging system,” he said, “which is 120 volts, which charges a lot slower.” Once they get the vehicle home and plug it into a 120 volt outlet, and come back down the next morning, and it’s moved up the ladder maybe a third of the way, if so much is that they realize it’s going to take forever to reload,” said David Hufnagel. “And that’s when they decided to go with 240 volts. And for 240 volts, you need a professional. “The hardest thing is that we plan so far ahead,” said David Hufnagel. “The worst mistake you can make is if you’re going to buy an electric vehicle, please call and have the charger installed before the vehicle arrives.”, owner of CW Electrical Services, said, “We do a lot. We probably do four or five a week. “It can range from $700 to maybe $1,500 for a setup similar to this,” he said. “And it will depend on the distance which we need to run this wire from your panel to where you want it installed. “Walton says they get a lot of questions from the consumer, and he doesn’t expect that to go away anytime soon.” Raising awareness of electric vehicles is a priority, and people are buying them. So we answer a lot of questions and do a lot of estimates and installations,” he said. Bazzy says electric vehicle sales “are not going to slow down anytime soon. The administration will not allow it. , has no importance. It’s the future. We want to be zero carbon. It is the objective.

As gasoline prices drop as the winter months approach, the United States continues to see a boom in electric vehicle sales.

What you may not realize when shopping is the start-up cost to ensure you can quickly charge your electric car at home.

Richard Bazzy is the owner of Shults Ford. He has seen the electric vehicle boom firsthand. The demand is great – and patience really is your only choice.

“We have bookings that are amazing. Hundreds, thousands of reservations for the F-150 Lightning and Mach-E,” Bazzy said.

According to the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, the number of electric and hybrid cars on the road in our area is increasing.

Nearly 2% of the cars here are either fully electric or plug-in hybrids. But since the start of 2019, there are nearly four times as many hybrid cars on the road in and around Pittsburgh, with the biggest spike coming since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The public is really waiting for this. They really want it,” Bazzy said.

But how exactly do you charge this battery?

Bazzy explained that consumers would have to buy a charging station, which costs “around $800”. The next step: “Then you will call an electrician.”

Jason Hufnagel and his father, David Hufnagel, own Hufnagel Electric. Jason described the standard charging system in a home and how an adapter from the vehicle’s cord could plug into a normal wall outlet. “It’s a level one charging system,” he said, “which is 120 volts, which charges a lot slower.”

They say that while many people will try to charge their car themselves, they’ll soon realize that it’s not realistic.

“Once they get the vehicle home and plug it into a 120-volt outlet, and they come back down the next morning, and it’s moved on the scale maybe a third of the way, if they realize it’s going to take forever to charge,” said David Hufnagel. “And that’s when they decided to go with 240 volts.

And for 240 volts, you need a professional.

In addition to the price of the charger itself, the Hugnagels say installation starts around $725.

“The hardest thing is that we plan so far ahead,” said David Hufnagel. “The worst mistake you can make is that if you are going to buy an electric vehicle, please call and have the charger installed before the vehicle arrives.”

Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 also stopped by CW Electrical Services, a company that provides the same service.

Christopher Walton, owner of CW Electrical Services, said, “We do a lot. We probably do four or five a week.

“It can range anywhere from $700 to maybe $1,500 for a setup similar to this,” he said. installed.”

Walton says they get a lot of questions from consumers, and he doesn’t expect that to go away anytime soon.

“Awareness of electric vehicles is a priority and people are buying them. So we answer a lot of questions and do a lot of estimates and installations,” he said.

Bazzy says electric vehicle sales “are not going to slow down anytime soon. The administration won’t allow it. It doesn’t matter if it’s red, blue, whatever. It’s the future. We want to be zero carbon. C is the goal.”

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