It’s a sign of the times and a testament to consumer demand when one of the largest home renovation stores is helping to boost clean transportation technology.
Home Depot, which is now offering 30 different types of electric vehicle (EV) charger models for sale online, up from 5 in 2011, according to a recent TreeHugger article.
Some of the brand names of EV chargers Home Depot now offers to consumers include: Siemens, Eaton, General Electric, Leviton, and Schneider.
Prices for EV chargers range from $699 to $7,999, depending on the model, charge, and function.
Besides not running on fossil fuels (a huge plus), one of the benefits EVs have over vehicles run on fossil fuels is that they can replenish on energy more often and more easily thanks to the fact that they are parked the large majority if the time. As Treehugger notes:
“This means that if you have a way to charge where you park (at home, at the office, in the parking lot of businesses, etc), you can drive off with a full charge almost all the time. This is a completely different dynamic from gas and diesel vehicles, and it does a lot to mitigate the shorter driving range of EVs (for now — batteries improve every year), and for longer distances, super-fast public charging stations are already starting to be built (including the amazing free-to-use Supercharger network by Tesla).
As the popularity of electric vehicles continues to advance, so will the growth of electric chargers, which are expected by 2020 to increase to 11.4 million units, according to a Pike Research report.
A University of Winnipeg graduate who received a three year B.A. with a combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Currently attempting to be a freelance social media coordinator. My eventual goal is to be a clean tech policy analyst down the road while I sharpen my skills as a renewable energy writer. Currently working on a book on clean tech and how to relate it to a broader audience. You can follow me on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com