Charging Station - FAQ

As electric vehicles become increasingly common, drivers have a growing list of questions about things like a charging station. Luckily, you can count on the team at Fields Volvo Cars Northfield to answer any questions you might have about EV charging stations or electric vehicles in general. If you don't see your inquiry in our FAQ, don't hesitate to reach out to us so we can answer your questions.


How Can I Charge the Battery in an Electric Vehicle?

There are three options for charging an EV. You can use a regular 120-volt household outlet (Level 1), for starters. Alternatively, you can use a Level 2 240-volt outlet that's typically included in an at-home charging device. You can also take advantage of DC Fast Chargers that are available at public EV charging stations located throughout the United States.

What types of Volvo EVs Use a Charging Station?

The automaker we represent makes two types of EVs: plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all- electric vehicles. Both automobile types rely on an external power source to charge their batteries.

How Long Does It Take to Charge a Car Battery in an EV?

Drivers who visit our Volvo dealership near Chicago, IL often ask us how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle. The time required to charge an EV depends on various factors, such as the type of charging you employ, the automobile's condition, and the size of the car's battery - even the weather can affect charging time. That said, the fastest way to charge the battery is to use a public DC Fast Charger.

Do I Have to Pay to Use a Charging Station?

Just like you'll have to pay to buy or lease a new Volvo model, you'll have to pay to recharge the battery in your electric vehicle. While that's the case, charging a battery is less expensive than filling a comparable gas-only car with fuel. It's estimated that a typical driver will save an average of $1,000 in fuel costs every year by making the switch to an EV.

At home, your charging will show up on your utilities, but at most public charging stations, you'll need to pay a price that's considerably less than the cost of a full tank of gas.

What's the Battery's Optimal Charge Level?

Conventional wisdom is to charge the battery in an EV up to 80 percent most often. Charging the battery to full capacity regularly can shorten the unit's lifespan, so it's best to reserve full charges for long trips.

Now that you know all about EV charging stations, are you ready to get an eco-friendly Volvo model from Fields Volvo Cars Northfield? Visit our Volvo finance center to secure a loan or lease, and schedule a test-drive today! 


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