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Electric Car Charging Stations

Presented by Priority One Electric

As America has continued its path towards “green” living, citizens have recognized the financial and ecological benefits of owning electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. From the start of the electric car movement, a major concern among potential car buyers involved the availability of charging stations.

Three years after the wide-scale introduction of the electric car, the United States Department of Energy recognized more than 10,000 public electric car charging stations. That number does not include private charging stations in one’s personal garage.

Although people can find charging stations near them through the Internet and smart phone apps, they still feature some problems. For example, each station can only handle one car at a time. Additionally, one needs to spend an excessive amount of time at a station to get a significant amount of fuel; one typical model of electric car only receives 10 miles per hour of charging. However, some stations have recently begun offering a “battery swapping” option where a person can replace his or her car’s drained battery with a fresh, fully charged one.

About Priority One Electric:

Priority One Electric provides numerous residential electrical services from its branches in Sylmar, Summerland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and other cities in California. Fascinated by developments in electricity, one of its electricians, Daniel Horan, is interested in the electric car and electric car garages.


Circuit Breakers Explained

Dan Horan, a veteran electrician with Priority One Electric, provides some insight into the function and dangers of the circuit breakers in your home or office.

Question: What is a circuit breaker?
Answer: Essentially, a circuit breaker is a safety device meant to protect buildings from electrical hazards resulting from power surges in electrical wiring. The breaker monitors how much energy is sent to specific circuits and cuts that power off, or trips, when it overloads.

Question: Are circuit breakers in all homes?
Answer: All new homes are built with circuit breakers. Older homes sometimes use the previous technology, fuses, to monitor electrical usage.

Question: What advantages do circuit breakers have over fuses?
Answer: Circuit breakers make it much easier for home owners or tenants to pinpoint problem areas in their electrical load. When examining a panel box, it is easy to tell which breaker has blown because it will be in the “off” position. Also, unlike fuses, circuit breakers do not have to be replaced after they trip.

Dan Horan is an experienced electrician who has been working in residential, industrial, and commercial capacities for more than 20 years. Priority One Electric serves Southern California in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Riverside Counties.