Anchor Nissan is proud to offer electric vehicle charging.

New DCFC charger is between the buildings in the middle of the lot. Look for the big white box.

Very near the big Nissan sign on Route 146. 

Tips for Finding a Charge Station to Make Sure You Can Cover the Planned Distance in Your EV. 

Serving North Smithfield, Providence, Cranston, Johnston, Cumberland and Attleboro.

Electric vehicles are energy-efficient, friendly to our natural environment and offer a wealth of other, great benefits, but just like conventional cars, they won't run without energy. While conventional cars can be filled at standard filling stations, electric cars need to be plugged at one of the electric charging stations available through public networks, through the network offered by your employer or to a home charging station. Here is a quick guide to finding the right place to charge your vehicle before your car gets depleted.

Types of Electric Charging Stations

Electric vehicles can be charged at home or through public networks that offer access to charge points either for free or for a small fee. The electric charging stations available for the general public are usually differentiated based on the speed of the charging process. The three main types are rapid, fast and slow – here are the features offered by each of them:

  • Rapid chargers – these chargers are the fastest units used for charging electric vehicles. They use DC charging and they can be further differentiated into ultra-rapid chargers that charge at capacities up to 100 kW (units capable of charging at 150 kW or even at 350 kW are increasingly common these days) and conventional rapid chargers, capable of 50 kW;
  •  Fast chargers – these units charge between 7 kW and 22 kW, being powerful enough to charge a standard EV in 3-4 hours;
  •  Slow chargers – these units charge up to 3 kW and take 6-12 hours to charge a pure EV and between 2-4 hours to charge a PHEV.

Finding Electric Charging Stations

Public charging stations are the points that make it possible for electric vehicles to cover any amount of miles, points of access to the “fuel” used by EVs. Each type of electric vehicle offers a specific range – a specific amount of miles that the car is able to cover on a single charge. Public charging station networks are prepared for range-related limitations, so whichever direction you choose to hit the road in your EV, you will surely find a suitable charging station before your EV gets depleted. At the beginning of 2019, there were over 61,000 electric charging stations distributed all over the US and the number of public charge points is increasing quickly, making it possible for EV owners to travel across the country without any charging-related difficulties.

If you are on a long road trip and want to eliminate the stress of having to get to the next charging station in time, the good news is that there are lots of great online resources that you can use to locate nearby charging stations and to plan your trip. When you get to the charging localized through websites or apps, you might find that you also need an online account to be able to start charging, so here are some of the best online resources in both categories:

  • Apps for locating EV charging stations – one of the best apps for locating stations is PlugShare, a free application available for Android as well as for iOS, that will show you the location of nearby stations. The app is based on user-generated content and works with a large global community, that’s why it is very useful not only when you are travelling in the US, but all over the world. The app will also display the type of the plugs supported by the station of choice as well as information about the other services available at the station, such as wireless internet or restaurants. ChargeHub is another free app that can be downloaded for Android as well as for iOS and it displays charging stations on the territory of the US and in Canada;
  • Apps for charging your EV – ChargePoint is one of the best and most popular free apps of the kind. It works through near-field communication, so you will need to tap your phone against the charging station’s sensor to start the charging process. It will display the most important details related to the process, including charge time, charge level, estimated miles gained and costs if the charging station that you use is not a free EV charging facility. Greenlots is another excellent app that helps you locate electric charging stations in your area and assistance with the charging and payment process as well.

What Type of Facilities Offer Electric Charging Stations?

Electric charging stations are most commonly available at dedicated charge points, at filling stations that also sell fuel for conventional vehicles, in the parking lots of shopping centers as well as in car dealerships, especially the ones that sell electric vehicles, too. Anchor Auto Group is one such dealership – they offer access to their BTCPower Quick Charger, an EV fast charger that uses the latest charging technology and offers a capability of 50 kW.



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