Switching to an Electric Car in Thompson

When it’s time to enjoy better gas mileage and be more eco-conscious about your daily drives in the Cross Lake area, you’ll want to get behind the wheels of an electric vehicle (EV). The team at Rock Country GM will help you do that exactly! We have all the information that you need, so whether you have questions about charging options or getting your home ready for an EV, we are here for you. With the newly announced Chevy Equinox EV and upcoming affordable EVs in partnership with Honda, our GM-certified dealership has plenty of exciting EV news to share with you!

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Charging at Home vs. In Public

Before you bring an EV to your Split Lake driveway, you will need to get your home all set up, so you can reliably fuel up at the end of the day. Most home charging stations use a Level 1 or 2 chargers:

  • Level 1 or Domestic Outlet Home Charging: Level 1 charging uses a normal grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet, so it isn’t the fastest charging speed. However, it’s great for topping off some of the charge that you used earlier in the day! You will need more than 24 hours or a few days for a full charge.
  • Level 2 or Installed Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: Usually professionally installed, Level 2 charging uses rapid (usually 240V+) chargers, so you can charge faster than the Level 1 option. Expect to get a full charge in a few hours. It’s possible to get an 80% charge in just half an hour or forty minutes with this type of charging method, but that last 20% will take longer as there’s a diminishing rate of charging speed.

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How you can set up a home charger:

  1. Decide if you want to install a Level 1 or 2 charger. This will depend on what you’re looking for and how often you need to commute around the area.
  2. Clean out your garage and ensure there is enough space for the setup before the charger and EV arrives.
  3. Determine your electricity use with a self-assessment, so you can find out if your home can handle your charger.
  4. Work with an electrician about any concerns you may have. If your current power panel can’t handle EV charging, you can ask the electrician to install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit back to the power panel, which can set you back anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars to $3,000.
  5. Lastly, purchase your charger and get it installed!

If you’re away from home and need to charge your EV, you will likely find public charging near the Nelson House area. They’re usually in parking garages, malls, hotels, and even big-name national stores like Walgreens and Kohl’s. Chances are you will have Level 2 and Level 3 chargers to work with. Level 3 chargers offer a faster speed than Level 2, so most EVs can get a full charge in less than an hour!

Learn More About EV Models

Rock Country GM is your one-stop shop for the most in-depth information on the electric vehicles that GM offers. Click each of the photos below to learn more about each EV model and discover which one fits your lifestyle! Ready to come in and reserve one? Contact us today to get started!

Learn More About EVs from Rock Country GM

This is just the beginning of your EV journey, and Rock Country GM is excited to come along with you! Be sure to work with our finance team about any incentives and offers on your purchase, and if you need to check your credit before shopping for your EV in Thompson, get it checked instantly online now.