As a plugin Prius owner since 2013, I have been primarily charging with Level 2 at home and Level 1 on the road. Over the last 3 years we have logged over 35,000 miles with about 25% all electric. My Prius Plug-In has averaged about 60 miles per gallon. As you may know the Prius Plug In has an electric vehicle range on average of 11 miles. I noticed over the summer the range increasing to 14.6 miles. It made a big difference in daily commutes. The higher ambient temperature contributed to longer range. From past winter experience I have seen the range drop to about 9.2 miles.
As for charging I have been using the Leviton Evr-Green® 320. It delivers 7.7KW of power at 32 Amps current. The charging station hangs on my wall in the back of the garage. The Evr-Green® 320 was designed to be indoor or outdoor rated. I use the 18’ cord connected version mounted directly on the wall in my garage. I plan on adding the pre-wire installation kit Leviton offers to give me more mounting flexibility later this month.
In light of some remodeling in my home and added appliances in my basement kitchen, I reevaluated my electrical panel usage. My home electrical panel has 200 Amps of available power. From the picture of the panel you can see I am near limit, so I decided to I hire an electrician to help me out. The electrician added a sub panel inside of my garage that had 40 Amp breakers, which has been extremely beneficial and convenient. I can shut off the power from the sub panel just like a disconnect switch if I need to move the EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) or if I just want the power off when the vehicle isn’t home charging.
As mentioned in previous blogs, I purchased the car in Huntington, New York back in February 2013. I bought it there for a few reasons:
Overall the experience with the car has been great. Like all new Toyota’s the service was included during the first 2 years. My out of pocket expenses have been minimum, with under $50 for oil changes and touch-up paint and I plan on keeping the car for at least a few more years. I have been reading about several new cars coming next year with longer electric vehicle range that I’m excited to test drive as soon as I can!
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