EV Charging Options

November 17th, 2022 by

There are many benefits to purchasing a Hyundai electric vehicle (EV), such as producing clean air for our environment, paying less maintenance, and saving on staggering fuel prices. Although EV batteries can last the lifespan of your vehicle, they may degenerate if you don’t take good care of your battery pack. If you’re planning to invest in a new Kona EV or an IONIQ, it’s essential to know where to find suitable EV chargers and understand what chargers to use when charging an EV. Spokane Hyundai of Washington has got your back with our informative guide to EV charging.

How Does EV Charging Work?

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The best way to keep your Hyundai EV battery sustainable is to charge it regularly. However, with EV charging terminology, different flows of charge, charging speeds, and EV charging levels, Spokane Hyundai is here to help equip you with a smooth transition from a conventional vehicle to an EV.

You may use AC or DC to fuel your Hyundai EV. We get AC power from the grid through wall sockets, but batteries only use and store DC power. Just like when you charge up your mobile phone, chargers convert AC power from the grid into DC power for your battery’s storage, such as the one used to power a Kona EV or an IONIQ. EV charging has three levels, and the higher the level, the higher the power output and the faster your new vehicle will charge.

Level 1 EV Charging (AC Power)

Level 1 EV charging is the slowest and occurs when you plug the cord you received with your Hyundai EV into your regular wall outlet or a Level 1 charger mounted on a wall at home. The Kona EV comes with a Level 1 charging cord, and the IONIQ with a portable 120V charging cord, allowing you to charge from a regular household outlet. The IONIQ cord has an adjustable power output from 6 amps to 12 amps if you use the mobile charging cord and wish to charge at the highest speed.

Level 2 EV Charging (AC Power)

Level 2 EV charging is up to 15 times faster than Level 1 EV charging. Only professionals may install Level 2 charging stations, as they have additional functionalities. You can locate Level 2 charging stations in public or commercial parking spaces or in residential areas.

For Level 2 charging at home, work, or around town, the Kona EV and the IONIQ use the universal J1772 connector. Every EV uses the same connector for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. The IONIQ can accept up to 11.5 kW power and can use up to a Level 2 48-amp charging station at home, but most owners find that a 40-amp charging station is fast enough for their daily EV charging needs. According to InsideEVs, ChargePoint Home Flex and Grizzle-E Classic are the top-rated Level 2 EV chargers, with the JuiceBox 48 getting an honorable mention.

Level 3 EV Charging (DC Power)

Level 3 charging is the fastest. It houses large converters to convert AC power much faster than regular onboard converters inside electric cars. You can only locate these charging stations at commercial businesses such as gas stations. Some Level 3 stations can provide up to 350 kW of power and are perfect for adding mileage quickly during long trips.

The Kona EV uses the popular SAE Combo fast-charging connector, which adds about 80% of battery capacity (206 miles) in 54 minutes. The best charging feature of the IONIQ 5 is its ability to recharge from 10% to 80% in only 18 minutes when charging from a 350 kW DC fast charger. The IONIQ 5 also allows you to access the stored energy in the battery to give power to electrical devices and can deliver up to 16 amps of power at 120 volts (1.9 kW). You may even power an electric coffee maker on your next outdoor adventure.

What Are the Most Popular EV Charging Locations?

As an increasing number of people enjoy the many benefits of electric mobility, publicly available charging stations grow in number. While you may find EV charging stations at some retail outlets and at gas stations, popular locations for EV charging include the following spots:

EV Charging at Home

It’s no surprise that home charging may be the most popular charging location, as many Hyundai EV owners have realized. Not only is home EV charging convenient, safe, cheaper, and more predictable, but it’s also better for your battery health and may improve the value of your property. While public chargers may be faster, rapid charging can raise the temperature of your battery and cause battery degradation.

We recommend home chargers above 10kW for current and future owners of Hyundai vehicles with Level 2 onboard charging capability. It’s vital to note that installing a home charger with more than 10kW of output requires the installation of a 60-amp breaker to be in your electrical panel.

EV Charging at Work

Employers install EV charging stations in the workplace to engage employees and satisfy their EV-driving clients, visitors, and partners. After home, it’s the second most convenient location for EV charging, as your EV can charge while you’re busy at work.

Public Charging Stations

Public charging stations pop up when cities and local governments invest in EV charging infrastructure. Hyundai has partnered with Electrify America to provide drivers of new Hyundai EVs with two years of unlimited 30-minute complimentary charging sessions from the purchase date at Electrify America charging stations.

Charging Your EV

So, there you have it. We’ve just shared our guide to charger types used by Hyundai EVs. Spokane Hyundai of Washington takes pride in providing an informative and friendly service. If you’ve got questions, drop us a line and our knowledgeable team can guide you through the details of EV chargers and the long-term benefits of EV charging. We at Spokane Hyundai of Washington are here to help you drive off in a new Hyundai EV in style.

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