In a new episode of its educational EV web series in South America, GM says that 90 percent of EV users typically charge their vehicles at home or at work – taking advantage of parked periods instead of charging on their way to their destination.
A recent GM study shows that nine out of ten EV users have the habit of charging their vehicles at night or at the workplace, as is often done with smartphones and other electronic devices. These charging habits make the most of EV idle periods and reduce range anxiety.
“Charging an electric car is as practical as a smartphone, and most people do it overnight while resting,” said Development and Infrastructure EV Manager of GM South America, Glaucia Roveri, in a statement. “Many take the opportunity to recharge in the middle of the day or when they get out of the routine, such as on a trip,” she added.
This fact, added to the statistic that people travel an average of approximately 25 miles per day, makes it possible for a fully charged battery to provide more than a week of driving in current electric vehicles with a range of around 250 miles. And this average will only get better with next-generation electric vehicles like the Chevy Equinox EV and Chevy Blazer EV, with a maximum range of 300 and 320 miles, respectively.
To improve the owner experience of electric vehicles, the ideal situation is for the owner to have a wallbox-type charger installed at home that allows the vehicle to be charged approximately four times faster than a conventional 220V outlet. In specific cases such as long trips, another option is public DC fast chargers, extending driving range by plugging in for just a few minutes.
GM continues to promote the advantages of electric vehicles over traditional internal combustion vehicles in South America, starting with Brazil and Argentina, as part of its strategy to lead the deployment of zero-emission technology in the region. In fact, the automaker recently announced that it plans to launch three EVs in major South American countries.