3. #JargonWatch: Top-off charging and en-route charging
An analysis from the Energy Department found that 80 percent of electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home. But this process can be painfully slow. Level 1 battery charging, which means charging your car with a standard 110-volt outlet, may take days to recharge a Tesla Model 3 or Chevrolet Bolt. An analysis from Plug-In America said it would take about 22 hours to fully charge a 2011 Nissan Leaf, which has a range of 84 miles, so imagine charging a Model S or X.
Some drivers who may not have a reliable home charging connection, or who love to travel long distances in their EVs, take advantage of public charging networks to supplement their driving. But did you know common charging habits have proper terms used by those in the EV community?
Top-off charging refers to the practice of plugging in a vehicle whenever and wherever someone parks. This alleviates “range anxiety” some drivers may have or the fear of not having enough charge to make it back to their destination. With the growth of fast chargers and EVs with better batteries, however, top-off charging may not be as necessary as previously required.
This is while en-route charging refers to the usage of a fast or rapid charger. This is the process of receiving more than 100 miles in range on a charge, in the time it takes to take a normal, short break, allowing drivers to take road trips virtually uninterrupted. The best example of this would be Tesla’s Supercharger network, which can usually add hundreds of miles in range in less than an hour.
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