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Juice for an EV: Why more electric vehicle owners use home charging stations – Inside Bay Area

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Fremont resident Shinya Fujimoto bought his Nissan Leaf during heady times for electric-vehicle fans.
It was spring 2011, when there was so much anticipation over a shipment of these all-electric vehicles from Japan to the West Coast that someone climbed aboard a chopper, shot photos of the cars on shipboard on their way to Southern California and posted them on a blog popular among plug-in vehicle owners.
“These people were crazy,” says Fujimoto, who admits to being such an EV enthusiast that he keeps Excel spreadsheets to illustrate the savings his Leaf has brought over the gasoline-powered vehicle he drove before. (It’s been about $100 to $150 per month, he says.)
When Fujimoto’s shiny baby-blue Nissan finally arrived in July of 2011 — after delays caused by Japan’s tsunami — he already had a key piece of equipment waiting for it: a home charging station.
“I wanted to make sure I got it before I got the car,” says Fujimoto. His 240-volt Blink-manufactured station was installed a month before the car arrived. (Technically speaking, the charger itself is in the vehicle, and the plug-in station designed to deliver the charge most efficiently is known as the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, or EVSE.)
Generally, electric vehicles can be charged by plugging in the car’s charging cable to a regular household outlet, which in most cases delivers about 120 volts. But EV owners refer to the juice flowing through such “level
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