Electric cars are becoming more and more popular as people try to reduce their carbon footprint and
However, one of the biggest concerns for electric car owners is finding a place to charge their vehicles while they’re out and about. That’s where electric charging stations come in.
The city of Louisville, Colorado has passed an ordinance requiring the installation of electric charging stations. The council has limited this to six stations within the city. Repair shops and service shops are not part of the ordinance.
Additionally, any new fuel stations which are built or modified stations in the city will be required to install electric vehicle charging stations.
Council member Maxine Most stated that the council will not be able to fix climate change, but she said placing the cap on gasoline stations is a step in the right direction. She want on to say that the city of Louisville should not invest in fossil fuel infrastructure that will "not survive" as the market shifts to EV's.
It begs the question: Is the City of Louisville investing in fossil fuel infrastructure or is private industry making this investment as the market may or may not support it?
Electric charging stations, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), are designed to supply electric energy to electric vehicles. They are typically installed in public places such as parking lots, shopping centers, and gas stations to provide a convenient way for electric car owners to recharge their vehicles while they’re out running errands.
There are three types of electric charging stations: Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charging. Level 1 charging stations use a standard 120-volt outlet and can take up to 12 hours to fully charge an electric car. These charging stations are best for home use or for charging while you’re at work, as they are the slowest type of charging station.
Level 2 charging stations use a 240-volt outlet and can fully charge an electric car in 4-8 hours. These charging stations are typically found in public places and are a good option for electric car owners who need to recharge their vehicles while they’re out and about.
DC Fast Charging stations, also known as Level 3 charging stations, can charge an electric car up to 80% in as little as 30 minutes. These charging stations are the fastest type of charging station and are typically found along major highways and interstates for long-distance travel.
One of the biggest benefits of electric charging stations is that they are much cheaper than gas stations. The cost of electricity to charge an electric car is much lower than the cost of gasoline, so electric car owners can save a significant amount of money on fuel costs.
Another benefit of electric charging stations is that they are better for the environment. Electric cars produce zero emissions, so using an electric charging station to recharge your car is much cleaner than using a gas station.
Overall, electric charging stations are an essential part of the infrastructure needed to support the growing number of electric cars on the road. As more people switch to electric cars, the demand for charging stations will continue to grow, and we can expect to see even more charging stations installed in public places in the coming years.
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