An electric car is powered by an electric motor instead of a gasoline engine. The electric motor gets energy from a controller, which regulates the amount of power—based on the driver’s use of an accelerator pedal. The electric car (also known as electric vehicle or EV) uses energy stored in its rechargeable batteries, which are recharged by common household electricity.
Unlike a hybrid car—which is fueled by gasoline and uses a battery and motor to improve efficiency—an electric car is powered exclusively by electricity. Historically, EVs have not been widely adopted because of limited driving range before needing to be recharged, long recharging times, and a lack of commitment by automakers to produce and market electric cars that have all the creature comforts of gas-powered cars. That’s changing. As battery technology improves—simultaneously increasing energy storage and reducing cost—major automakers are expected to begin introducing a new generation of electric cars.
Under the hood, there are a lot of differences between gasoline and electric cars:
Electric cars produce no tailpipe emissions, reduce our dependency on oil, and are cheaper to operate. Of course, the process of producing the electricity moves the emissions further upstream to the utility company’s smokestack—but even dirty electricity used in electric cars usually reduces our collective carbon footprint.
Another factor is convenience: In one trip to the gas station, you can pump 330 kilowatt-hours of energy into a 10-gallon tank. It would take about 9 days to get the same amount of energy from household electric current. Fortunately, it takes hours and not days to recharge an electric car, because it's much more efficient vs. gas. Speaking of convenience, let's not forget two important points: charging up at home means never going to a gas station—and electric cars require almost none of the maintenance, like oil changes and emissions checks, that internal combustion cars require reducing overall maintenance cost.
Electric motors develop their highest torque from zero rpms—meaning fast (and silent) zero-to-60 acceleration times.
Note: In the illustration, we show the relative features of electric cars and gas-powered cars as a comparison. However, it doesn't have to be an "either-or" situation. Plug-in hybrids offer many of the benefits of electric cars while mitigating most of the drawbacks, such as limited driving range and initial upfront cost.
Electric Car Chargers
Leviton's Evr-Green Home Charging Stations enable quick charging of any SAE J1772 compatible Plug-In Electric Vehicle. The intuitive user interface and automatic features make the charging process extremely simple. The small footprint of these stations requires a minimum amount of valuable wall space for mounting. And, our patent pending mounting system allows for a do-it-yourself installation (when using cord-connected stations in conjunction with the Evr-Green Pre-Wire Kit)
Electric Vehicle Charging from GE
The wall mounted WattStation's easy functionality and design allows for uncomplicated integration of fast Level 2 electric vehicle charging into your everyday activities. GE has partnered with ServiceMagic, the nation's leading website connecting consumers with service professionals, to provide a network of certified electricians for reliable installation of the electric vehicle charger in the home. GE Capital, working with ServiceMagic, will provide financing options to qualified customers, enabling customers to pay for the charger and installation costs over time.
Features and Benefits
Our Home Charging Dock model EVSE-RS charges your electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) while you sleep, enjoy a meal, or spend time with your family. Featuring a standardized connector, the EVSE-RS is designed to be compatible with EVs and PHEVs from all major automakers. EVSE-RS is weatherized for both indoor and outdoor installation in garages, carports or driveways.
Turnkey Installation The Home Charging Dock can be installed by one of our certified licensed electrical contractors who also perform diagnostics to verify installation, facilitate permitting and inspection, and conduct on-site customer orientation and training.**
Technology based on more than 20 years of charging expertise
Compliance with widely recognized connector standards
EVSE-RS - Underwriters Laboratory listed
3-year standard on-site warranty (parts and labor)*
ADA compliant installation
Fast, safe, turnkey installation
Expanding nationwide network of certified and licensed electricians**
Local electrical contractor expertise
Electrical permit and inspection facilitation
Next-business-day service and support in most cases***
24-hour customer support
Automatic short circuit shut off
Automatic ground fault shut off
Protection against “live power”
Cable breakaway system
Weather-resistant to withstand a variety of outdoor conditions
Power surge protection
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The EVSE-RS Charging Station charges all SAE J1772-compliant vehicles – including both electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models – in the convenience of the home garage, workplace, condominium, apartment, or retail parking structure. The Home Charging Station safely and reliably delivers AC power to the vehicle’s on-board charger and features a weather-resistant NEMA 3R enclosure for indoor and outdoor installations. The EV Charging Station can be installed by one of our independent certified licensed electricians who also facilitate necessary permitting and inspection, and provide information about EVSE-RS use to the customer. An optional module is available to enable WiFi, Zigbee, or cellular network connectivity.
* Installation services available in certain areas; contact AV for additional information.
Specification Ev se-Rs
Connector SAE J1772 compliant
Voltage 208VAC to 240VAC
Output Current 30A max
Input Current 40A max
Operating Temperature -22°F to 122°F
-30°C to 50°C
Storage/Transit Temperature -40°F to 140°F
-40°C to 60°C
Relative Humidity Up to 95%
Dimensions 12” x 12” x 8”
Weight 10 lbs. (excl. cable)
Cord Length Up to 25’ available
Enclosure NEMA 3R
Regulatory Compliance UL, cUL, CE,
Call us at Mike Counsil Electric, Inc. for your Electric Car Charging Install (408) 212-0230
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