When I Finally Buy My First Electric Car, Will I Be Able To Charge It At Home?

When I Finally Buy My First Electric Car, Will I Be Able To Charge It At Home?

Robert Austin sheds light on the primary concern when it comes to EVs – where and how to charge them. He takes an in-depth look at HomeStation Level 2 charger.

Robert Austin
Robert Austin

To be honest, the correct answer to that question depends a lot on where you live, do you own your home, and do you have a garage or driveway on your own property.  But, even if the answers to all those questions were right/suitable, where would you get a charger, how much would it cost, and how fast would it charge your car?

This week, we learned many of those answers thanks to Electrify America LLC, which operates the largest open DC fast-charging network in the U.S.  To address the needs of the “charge at home” market, Electrify America announced a dedicated business unit named Electrify Home.

As part of that announcement, the company unveiled its fastest Level 2 Home Charger, named HomeStation. It is now available on the ElectrifyHome.com web store for $649 with free shipping in the contiguous 48 states. For customers who are used to purchasing through Amazon, HomeStation is also available there at the same price and is subject to the shipping and return policies of Amazon.

Electric Car Charging Station
Electric Car Charging Station

HomeStation Features Include:

  • Ease of use: The charger can be installed indoors or outdoors and includes a 24-foot charger to vehicle connecting cable. Because it is a Level 2 Charger, charging times can be up to 6.8 times faster than a Level 1 Charger. This means vehicles capable of Level 2 charging can add up to 33 miles of range per hour on the HomeStation.
  • Flexible installation: The supply power requirements are compatible with the 240-volt outlets found in most households (generally used for electric ranges, electric dryers, A/C units, etc.). The HomeStation can be plugged in using a NEMA 14-50 style plug or be hardwired by a licensed and qualified electrician.
  • Tiered installation pricing: Customers choosing to have a professional electrician install their new Level 2 Charger may choose among three different installation packages offered by a third-party provider, selecting the one that best suits their needs. Custom installation services are also available via a third-party vendor, with packages beginning at $695.
  • Adjustable power: To help save money on installation and avoid electrical panel upgrades, the charger's maximum output can be set during installation to 40, 32, or 16 amps to fit almost any home electrical panel.
  • Attractive design: Designed and engineered by Italdesign, the unit features a slim black silhouette that lights up blue while charging and turns green when the charge is complete and the vehicle is ready for use.
  • Connected capabilities: Customers will be able to use the Electrify America app with their HomeStation and the Electrify America Public Charging Stations. The HomeStation’s WiFi capabilities let customers sync their product with the app, start and stop the home charging process, schedule future charging sessions, and view the charging status remotely. The app records all charging sessions -at home and any of the 2600 DC fast chargers.
Electric Car Charging

Electrify America has launched the Electrify Home operation to help develop and serve the needs of the home charging business. Already a leader in the public fast-charging market, the company realized that many EV owners would welcome the opportunity to charge their cars at home.  So the company wanted to develop the hardware and software to make that option- simple, practical, and affordable.

There are other players in the EV home charging field, to be sure. Specific manufacturers offer charging systems for their particular cars.  Some offer only Level 1 charging, which is much slower and operates on just 120-volts. In some geographical areas, electric utility companies and other suppliers provide charging systems, some at a discount or subsidized pricing, if you fit certain criteria.  So be sure to shop around to see what makes the most sense for your particular needs.

The addition of Electrify America to the home charging market has the potential to be a game-changer. They operate the largest open DC fast-charging network in the U.S.  They have invested more than $2 billion during the past ten years in education, creating access and acceptance, and building infrastructure to support Zero Emission Vehicles. Their presence in the home charging market shows that they are committed to making Electric Vehicles a real possibility for Americans, no matter where they live or where they elect to charge their cars.


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Putin Hopes Biden Less Impulsive Than Trump

President Of Russia Vladamir Putin And U.S President Joe Biden
  • In an interview with NBC News, Putin described Biden as a "career man" who spent his life in politics after the "colorful" Trump.
  • Biden plans to raise a range of US complaints, including over-purported Russian election interference and hacking, in the summit with Putin in Geneva at the end of the President's first foreign trip.
  • Putin had openly admitted that in the 2016 vote, he supported Trump, who had voiced admiration for the Russian leader and notoriously at their first summit appeared to accept his denials of election interference.
  • Biden has said he is under no illusions about Putin and has described him as "a killer" in light of a series of high-profile deaths, including Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.
  • Asked if he is "a killer," Putin said the term was part of "macho behavior" common in Hollywood.
  • Such discourse "is part of US political culture where it's considered normal. By the way, not here, it is not considered normal here," he said.

'Xi Jinping Is My Spiritual Leader': China's Education Drive In Tibet

Tibetan School
Tibetan School
  • China is broadening its political education campaign as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of its control over Tibet.
  • Chinese officials say the campaign is key to the future of Tibet, a region that makes up over 12% of China's landmass but is home to just 3.5 million people, mostly ethnic Tibetans.
  • Civilians and religious figures who the government arranged to be interviewed on the five-day trip pledged loyalty to the Communist Party and Xi.
  • Asked who his spiritual leader was, a monk at Lhasa's historic Jokhang temple named Xi.
  • "I'm not drunk ... I speak freely to you," said the monk named Lhakpa, speaking from a courtyard overlooked by security cameras and government observers.
  • Beijing says it "peacefully liberated" Tibet in 1951, after Chinese troops entered the then-country and took over its administration.

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Taiwanese Flag
Taiwanese Flag
  • Beijing is ramping up its cognitive warfare by aggregating negative news reports to stoke public discontent toward the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • It then disseminates these reports on popular sites, with sensational headlines to improve their credibility and virality, they added.
  • China National Radio last week aired a report that the Democratic Progressive Party government has been “selective” in its crackdown on misinformation to suppress news unfavorable to itself.
  • The state-run radio claimed that the government has only focused on clarifying negative stories about its handling of the pandemic while turning a blind eye to its problems with the pandemic and vaccine procurement response.

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Japanese Tokyo Olympics Protestors
Japanese Tokyo Olympic Protestors 
  • Japan is not a country known for protests. So when people take to the streets in large numbers, it gets noticed.
  • With less than 50 days until the start of the event, most of the public say they want the Games canceled or postponed again. A petition against the Tokyo Olympics has collected a record 420,000 signatures.
  • Ten thousand registered volunteers have quit. Hospitals posted messages on their windows saying, "Stop Olympics." Hundreds of cities backed out of hosting athletes.
  • It has become an extremely emotional debate where dissenting views are not tolerated to the extent that people who hold them are too scared to come forward - including athletes.
  • "It's unfortunate that athletes don't feel comfortable saying that they want the Games to go ahead," said Toshinao Sasaki, a journalist who has written extensively about how Japan needs to be able to have a healthy debate.
  • The government is simply choosing to stay silent, with the same sentence, "The Tokyo Olympics will be held in a safe and secure manner," having been repeated over and over.
  • With a looming national election, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has been under enormous pressure, with his approval rating having halved since he took office.

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