New York (AP) Consumers should be aware of how much voltage and current they can expect from their chargers and be prepared to pay a premium for the convenience, experts say.
A new study from Consumers Union found that while most electric car chargers have a range of 30-90 minutes, some have a maximum of up to 3,000 volts and can draw more than 20,000 amps.
Those numbers don’t take into account other factors, such as whether the battery is a lithium ion or an alkaline battery, the study found.
The study analyzed data from a fleet of more than 2,500 cars from the three automakers, which included electric-vehicle owners, consumers and service providers.
It found that in the past two years, more than 4 million vehicles have been equipped with an EV-to-EV charger, and nearly half of those are now equipped with one.
The average price for an EV charger is $99, and the average charging time from a new vehicle is about 11 minutes, Consumers Union said.
The study also found that the average price of the EV-charging plug-in battery is about $120.
A $5.25 charge is enough to fill a standard 3-liter fuel tank with gasoline or diesel fuel and a 5-gallon tank of natural gas.
The charging time is longer for a battery-electric vehicle.
Chargers have become increasingly popular in recent years as consumers have grown more familiar with them and they’re increasingly convenient.
Most plug-ins can recharge to 80 percent of their rated capacity, but that can be a problem if the battery’s voltage drops below a certain threshold.
The battery-in-the-ground (BIG) charging method, which uses a battery in a wall socket to recharge the vehicle, can charge to 80-90 percent of capacity.
The problem with BIG is that it doesn’t require a battery or a plug.
But battery-powered vehicles can charge from the same spot in the home as a plug-up vehicle.
The average American has about 1,400 hours of plug-and-play charging time, according to the Battery Research Institute.
For a $5,000 charger, that means about 10 minutes of charging time for an average battery-fueled car.
A battery that can provide more than 90 percent of its capacity can be useful for electric cars, but the battery itself can be expensive, the researchers said.
They estimate that the total cost of a $50 charger would be about $1,000, and that the battery would be worth about $5 per hour of charging.
That’s about the same as the cost of installing a battery into a gas-powered vehicle, they said.
“If you are looking for the most convenient charging solution, the biggest concern is the battery,” said Richard A. Pielke Jr., vice president of the Consumer Reports ratings and review website.
“This is the only way to get your EV charging at this price.”
The new study, published in the March-April issue of the journal Consumer Reports, found that charging at least 3,500 volts in the EV battery is possible.
A range of 3,200 to 4,000 watts is possible in the standard EV battery, with the capacity dropping off to about 1 kilowatt-hour for battery-based vehicles.
That is enough power to charge a car from the garage.
But a $10,000 or more charger can provide a better range, depending on the battery.
The maximum output of the charger is 3,300 watts, which would deliver a range between 200 and 300 miles for an all-electric car, the Consumer Research Institute said.
Charging at 4,500 watts would be enough to deliver a full range of 400 to 800 miles.
A range of 4,800 to 5,000 watt EVs can deliver a maximum range of about 300 miles, but they can only be charged at a battery level of 5,300 volts.
The new Consumer Reports study found that many of the battery-equipped chargers can deliver the most battery capacity.
For instance, the battery in the battery socket can charge up to 6,000 volt, or about 5,600 watts, depending how much capacity the battery has, the survey found.
Consumers Union surveyed more than 1,300 consumers and found that about 75 percent of them had a charger that could charge to 6 and more volts.
Consumers should also be aware that most EVs have a 3,800-watt battery, according, and chargers that can deliver up to 4.5 watts are more practical, the report found.
While charging EVs from a wall outlet can charge their batteries faster than charging from a battery socket, the batteries are still less durable than those from a car, according the study.
The new Consumer Report study found consumers with EVs that are not battery-attached should consider purchasing a high-quality battery for their EV, such a one that has