Understanding the Barriers of Charging EVs at Home as an Aspiring Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Mechanic
As popular as hybrids and electric vehicles are becoming, some consumers are still hesitant to make the switch. Why is that? EV prices have dropped, many new options have become available, and financial aid from the government has even been extended. Surely, drivers will be rushing to get their new EVs.
Unfortunately, there are still many adjustments to be made in terms of accessibility to encourage widespread electrification. How much of the delay in EV adaptation involves education? What driver lifestyle changes are necessary? What should consumers look for in a home EV charging station? The answers to those questions may unlock a solution to the accessibility problem the EV industry is presently facing.
As an aspiring auto mechanic, particularly if you plan to specialize in hybrid and electric vehicles, you can be part of the shift to electrification our planet needs and enjoy a fulfilling, lucrative career. Here’s everything you need to know about the current barriers the everyday driver faces in charging EVs at home.
The Struggle to Educate Drivers is Affecting Accessibility
A lack of education seems to be at the root of the issue. Though EVs certainly aren’t perfect, in addition to being better for the planet, though they typically cost more to buy, they are very affordable to operate. An analysis done by Clean Energy Canada earlier this year found that one of the most popular EVs, the Hyundai Kona, costs $10,500 cheaper to operate than its gas-powered counterpart. When charged at home, on average, EVs will only need to be recharged every eight days (though, of course, this depends on driving style, daily commute, and other factors).
However, after finishing your hybrid and electrical mechanic course, you may notice a common misconception among your clientele that hybrids and EVs are only for consumers of higher socioeconomic status, with the free time to be constantly charging their vehicles. In truth, they are a more economical choice, and home charging is often a very convenient experience.
How Lifestyle Changes Play a Role
Many governments are requiring new homes to become EV ready, with energized electrical outlets that can accommodate home charging. That being said, many everyday drivers don’t live in areas where the infrastructure supports convenient EV charging. For that reason, in order to own an EV, some people will need to make some minor lifestyle adjustments, like using the nearest secure underground parking lot to charge their EV or stopping at various points throughout the week to charge up, similarly to how they might stop to fill up on gas.
What to Look For in a Home EV Charging Station After Hybrid and Electrical Mechanic Training
When selecting a home EV charger, many will be unsure of what to look for. Here are some pointers to suggest to EV drivers after hybrid and electrical mechanic training. Firstly, it’s important to be conscious of the weather. If a driver’s home EV charger will be kept outside of a garage, it’s important for them to purchase one that’s weatherproof. Ease of use is another factor to consider since EV chargers will be used frequently. In order to maximize flexibility and convenience, drivers should consider a charger with a long cable.
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