Concierge Help Jeep-Lover Find Sought-After Jeep

Fred had been looking for a specific Jeep Wrangler for at least six months.  As a previous Jeep owner, he wanted to get his hands on one with the venerable Inline-6 engine. He had driven all over the state of Oklahoma looking at vehicles.  He had tried searching on numerous car shopping websites, but they did not list the older style of Jeep he was looking for.

Fortunately, he came across OneRequest on the internet.

Using his specific filters, the search returned several matches for the age of Jeep he was looking for but having already spent numerous hours talking with dealerships over the past six months, Fred’s interest was piqued by the OneRequest Concierge offering. 

After submitting his Concierge request on the website, Fred was promptly called by his personal concierge, Brett, who explained what he would be able to do to find his desired vehicle.  Fred commented that his concierge was realistic about the challenges they might encounter trying to locate one with the highly desired engine type.

Initially, the search was centered in Oklahoma.  His personal concierge was able to provide a few options that were close matches, but given the unique specifications of the requested Jeep, his concierge recommended widening the search area to include Kansas City.   After looking for only a few days, a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon popped up that checked all of Fred’s boxes.

Fred’s concierge obtained the details and photos of the vehicle.  In addition, given the proximity of the vehicle to the OneRequest office, his concierge was able to personally visit the dealership to inspect and test drive the car.  Based on the report from his concierge, Fred felt confident that this was the car he wanted to purchase.  From that point, his personal concierge undertook the necessary price negotiations to obtain the best available deal and reviewed the paperwork. His concierge also arranged the transportation of the Jeep back to Fred’s home in Oklahoma.  

Fred said he was blown away by the service he received from his personal concierge.

Brett literally surprised me with everything he did for me…..really happy with him…he did more than what I thought he would get for the service.” 

Fred estimates that he spent less than 4 hours reviewing options and paperwork.  After six months of looking, his Jeep was delivered to his house just four days after contacting OneRequest Concierge. Wow!

Fred is very happy with his new Jeep.  “The car is better than expected…..this is my fifth Jeep…..I’m going to keep it as my little street queen.

Fred highly recommends using OneRequest Concierge, commenting that the value of the service is the expertise of the personal concierge who walked him through every step of the car buying process: “Brett was really personable…I was really happy with him.  I’ve never walked away with such a good feeling after buying a car. “

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A Brief History of Speed Limits

Have you ever wondered why there are speed limits? Or how they came to be? In this blog post, we will explore the history of speed limits and find out why they are in place.

Speed limits are the maximum, or the minimum, speed drivers can legally travel along roads and highways. Speed limits are set with the goal of keeping all road users safe – whether drivers, passengers, cyclists, or pedestrians. The signposted limits are designed on what is believed to be the safest speed for the flow of traffic. In the US, local municipalities set speed limits for in-town traffic, and each state sets highway speed limits. 

Early Speed Regulations

Speed regulations actually predate automobiles. There is definitive evidence of the American colony of New Netherland imposing a rule in 1652 that stated “in order to prevent accidents, no Wagons, Carts, or Sleighs shall be run, rode or driven at a gallop…”  And so existed the first speed limit, over two hundred years before the first automobile in 1896.  The first evidence of a numeric limit was the 16 km/h imposed in the UK in 1861. 

The first speed limit that targeted four wheels and internal combustion came in the great state of Connecticut on May 21, 1901.  The late Henry Ford once said, “Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built” and it is easy to see how the marketing pitches of the early automobile era touting fast, smooth rides would lead to trouble inside city limits.  The Connecticut law put a limit of 15 miles per hour outside city limits and 12 within them. 

For the next 60+ years, states would regulate and enforce their own speed limits based on what they deemed acceptable. 

National 55mph Limit

By the early 1970s, the production car land speed record had been set and beaten no less than nine times as automakers, especially those with racing pedigree, fought for the ultimate bragging right: top speed.  State speed limits varied from 50mph in parts of New England, to 80mph on the Kansas turnpike, to unrestricted “reasonable and prudent” on certain stretches of long, straight roads in Nevada and Montana.   

This all changed with the National Maximum Speed Law of 1974, the result of inconsistent oil supply and prices during the 1973 oil crisis.  The federal government, hoping to save 2.2% more gasoline, mandated that all states adopt a new 55mph maximum speed limit to continue receiving federal funding for road repair. 

In 1979, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards were keen on calibrating speedometers and odometers, but also required new cars sold in the US to circle or emphasize the 55 mph on their speedometers and show 85 mph as the top speed, despite no engine tuning that would limit a car to that speed.  It was certainly odd to see the 911 Turbos and Corvettes of the era with 85 mph speedometers.  This particular mandate was dialed back by 1982 and many automakers offered to retrofit their original speedometers to units showing triple-digit capability. 

Speed Limits Today

The next big update in the United States happened when the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 eliminated federal speed limit control and gave it back to states.  Half of the 50 states reverted to their pre-1974 speed limits, 8 went higher, and 17 went lower.  By the end of the millennium, Nevada and Montana no longer had unrestricted roadways but Texas was asking for higher speeds to cross remote areas.  As of 2011, State Highway 130 between Austin and San Antonio holds the highest posted speed limit in the country at 85mph. 

Today, road speed limits seem to be increasing with automobile handling abilities, efficiency, safety ratings, and the prevalence of automated driving.  With safety of paramount importance, it will be interesting to see how close we get to the autobahn of Germany.  Here’s to the future of faster and safer journeys! 

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The All-New Toyota Sequoia is Here!

After 15 years, the Sequoia has been given an overhaul.  

2023 Toyota SequoiaTRD-Pro

Featuring many styling elements shared with its platform stablemate Tundra, the new Sequoia dials up in seemingly every quantifiable measurement.  The 2023 has more power (standard hybrid V6 with 437 horsepower, 583 lb-ft), more towing capacity (9000 pounds), is more luxurious (there is a new top-of-the-pile Capstone trim), and is more rugged via the TRD Pro model. 

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited

It is a known fact that Sequoias are among the most durable vehicles on the road, with an estimated 7.5% of them rolling around with over 200,000 miles on the odometer.  We are very much looking forward to hearing about pricing but expect it to be within a few thousand dollars of the outgoing model’s $50,500 base price. 

2023 Toyota Sequoia Limited

Five trim levels will be offered: SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro, & Capstone.  Two-wheel drive will be standard on all models with 4WD optional (4WD standard on TRD Pro models).  Colors will include some classics like Wind Chill Pearl, Midnight Black, and Smoked Mesquite…but recent fan favorites such as Army Green, Lunar Rock, and the 2022-23 TRD Pro-specific color of Solar Octane will also be offered. 

The new Sequoia was designed at Toyota’s Calty design center in California and will be built at their manufacturing plant in San Antonio, Texas.  Deliveries start in Summer 2022.  To say that we are excited is an understatement.  We expect these to be tremendously popular and are excited to see them on the road for years (and years and years) to come! 

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January 2022 New Cars on the Block

2022 is off to a blistering start, not unlike Le Mans in the 1950s!  Let us get right into January’s new releases! 

2023 Cadillac Escalade-V 

Joining Cadillac’s V performance lineup next is the Escalade-V.  Featuring a variant of the CT5-V Blackwing’s 6.2L supercharged V8, itself a derivative of the Corvette C7 Z06’s heart, the Escalade-V will come standard with well over 600 horsepower, aerodynamic upgrades, and beefier suspension and brakes.  Over 40,000 Escalades were sold in the 2021 model year and Cadillac hopes the V will find a fair number of converts and also a few that love their standard ‘Slades but are looking for just a bit more muscle. 

2022 Ford Bronco Raptor 

The automobile world has known this was coming.  Specs were teased and predicted, but the more capable version of an already capable vehicle was as good as fact.  Well, the dino-horse has landed and brought with it a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 with 400 horsepower and F150 Raptor suspension bits.  Whereas the F150 Raptor was almost exclusively designed with high-speed desert running in mind, the Bronco has been developed with rock crawling capabilities in mind.  37″ tires are standard, as is a base price just below $70k. 

Porsche Cayenne Platinum Edition 

The Platinum Edition returns to the Cayenne lineup for 2022.  Per usual on previous Platinums, the exterior upgrades are subtle but noticeable, including a special finish for air intakes, wheels, and badging.  The interior is similar, with the occupants welcomed by special door sills and interior trim.  We are huge fans. 

BMW M760i “The Last V12” 

In a limited run of 12 units, BMW is sending their V12 off into retirement forever.  “The Last V12” version of the 7-series will be completely bespoke and built to spec by the lucky 12 hand-picked customers by BMW, based on the number of V12 7-Series models owned in the past.  They are lucky, indeed. 

In Other News… 

The Corvette is celebrating 70 years by introducing a new trim package for the 2023 model year.  White Pearl Metallic Tri-Coat and Carbon Flash Metallic are the two color options and each will have special details and badging throughout.  Stripes are optional and we expect these, like most anniversary Corvettes, to be instant collectibles. 

The Challenger has been on sale since 2008 and outsold both the Mustang and Camaro in 2021.  The Stellantis group (still called Mopar when this car hit the scene 13 years ago) has made sure the Dodge brand goes against the grain, shoving their largest, most powerful engines into most of their lineup and reaping the benefits of sales despite the global chip shortage of the last year.  We recognize the future is electric but cannot hate Dodge for sending out internal combustion in a cloud of smoke. 

The IIHS will issue Good/Acceptable/Marginal/Poor ratings for partially automated driving cars. The result of multiple fatalities behind the wheel of automated cars, these new safety ratings are intended to remind drivers to be attentive behind the wheel. 

Who says your mail delivery driver can’t have a bit of fun too?!?  The current Grumman delivery vehicles, the newest of which was built in 1994, will begin to be replaced by these Next Generation Delivery Vehicles (NGDV) from Oshkosh Defense in the year 2023. Keep an eye out for the new vehicle in your neighborhood and a smile behind the wheel of the driver because they will now have air conditioning and airbags!  They will also have heat, birds-eye cameras, collision avoidance, and emergency braking.  Internal combustion, as well as full electric variants, will be produced.  We at OneRequest can hardly wait to see these delivering our favorite automobile periodicals! 

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The Monroney Sticker 

It is hard to imagine an era where automobile prices were crazier than they are in the first month of 2022, but there was a time!  Before the window sticker, there was no regulation of automobile pricing, with dealers marking up with what they thought was a “fair price” at the expense of the consumer.  And with no internet to do research, word of mouth was really the only way to price shop and determine what a good deal was, or even what was included! 

Senator Monroney

That all ended with the Automobile Information Disclosure Act of 1958.  Oklahoma Senator Almer Stillwell Monroney, known as “Mike,” decided to use his position of power to pass legislation to bring transparency to the industry’s sales process.  Newly mandated on the stickers were make, model, serial (VIN from 1981), final assembly location, designated selling dealer, standard and optional equipment and their prices, and total Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) including destination charge. 

The EPA helped introduce fuel economy figures to window stickers in the mid-1970s, but the biggest revision came in 2007 when the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) prompted a few additions.  Starting in September of 2007, crash test ratings were listed on Monroney Labels for the first time.  They include Rollover, Side Crash (both driver and passenger scores), Frontal Crash (both driver and passenger scores), and an Overall Vehicle Score, with ratings on a 1-5 star scale and based on results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  The increase in plug-in hybrid vehicles was enough for the EPA to create an equivalent of “MPG” for hybrid and electric vehicles.  Miles Per Gallon of gasoline Equivalent (“MPGe”) was the result of a focus group that decided Kilowatt Hours were an unfamiliar metric for most Americans.  One MPGe = the kW-h of electricity, cubic feet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), or kilograms of hydrogen equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.  The very first cars to show MPGe on their window stickers were the all-electric Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt in November of 2010. 

May 2011 saw the next and latest big revision to automobile window stickers.  A joint effort between the NHTSA and EPA, the mandatory-for-2013 updated label was voluntarily adopted by many automakers in 2012 and includes fuel economy/greenhouse and smog ratings on a scale of 1-10, five-year fuel costs, and comparison to the average new vehicle, driving range for electric cars or hybrids in full-electric mode, and a QR code that further allows the owner of the smartphone to learn about local fuel costs and calculate the fuel requirements of their daily route. 

The Monroney sticker is currently required by law to be affixed to either the windshield or side window and is only able to be removed by the consumer during the initial sale, otherwise punishable up to $1000 per car.  Vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) over 8500 pounds are exempt from the rule but it is not uncommon to see 350/3500 heavy-duty pickups with their stickers.  Used vehicles are not required to display their original window stickers but are mandated to have a Buyer’s Guide affixed in the same place and exclusion is also punishable via fine.  Monroney Labels kept with their associated vehicle are often a suggestion of a loving first owner, and in the collector car market are certain to add just a bit more value, authenticity, and collectability. 

The next time you go to buy a new car, you have Senator Monroney from Oklahoma to thank.  With the purest intent of transparent information, he changed the automobile buying process forever! 

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OneRequest Concierge Does the Car Shopping for You

Jamie drives around 25K miles a year for his job as a medical device rep. His existing car was getting old, and the mileage was creeping up. Jamie’s eldest son was also going to need a car soon.

It was time for Jamie to think about passing on his car to his son and start shopping for a replacement for himself. The only trouble: Jamie would rather do anything else than shop for cars.

A family friend recommended OneRequest Concierge.  Jamie liked the idea of someone else doing the car buying for him, particularly given the challenging market conditions.

Although Jamie didn’t have a specific vehicle in mind, he did need it to meet certain qualifications: good gas mileage for all the miles he drives annually, space to store all the medial equipment for his job, as well as having enough room for his four kids. 

Jamie’s concierge provided him with several different makes and models within his budget that would check all his boxes.  He was able to narrow down his decision to one vehicle, a Subaru Outback, which had the added benefit of 4×4 capabilities.

Despite the current limited inventory, OneRequest Concierge was able to locate Jamie a brand new 2022 Subaru Outback, thanks to their diligence in searching and contacting dealerships daily.  Not only that, but they were also able to negotiate a great deal under sticker price!

There is no possible way I would find a Subaru Outback in this market that is available for sale brand new because I would not have had the time…. that is the real benefit of OneRequest Concierge because they were constantly looking for that deal”, said Jamie.

Jamie also shared that he appreciated the communication and responsiveness of his concierge. “Every time I called [my concierge] he picked up the phone… he would say what he was going to do, and he did what he said, which was great.  It is really important to me that if you say you are going to do something, that you actually do it.”

Jamie was driving his new Subaru just two days after his concierge located the car.  “My concierge did an outstanding job. It was a really good experience buying the car.”

Jamie says that OneRequest Concierge removes the stress for someone who doesn’t like to buy a car or doesn’t know a lot about cars: “I saved so many hours.  No one wants to spend a ton of their day doing something you don’t like to do, instead of things they really enjoy, like spending time with friends and family.”

OneRequest Concierge is here to make car shopping easy and stress-free.  If you would rather spend your time doing something you enjoy instead of shopping for your next car, let us help negotiate your next car deal.  We’ll save you time and make the car shopping process fun.

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The Biggest Releases of 2021

2021 was a year full of exciting new releases and updates to existing models.  There were a number of models that we consider more than just new, and significant enough to be featured as the entries you should be aware of as we start 2022.

#1 – The Ford Bronco

Following its debut and initial reservations list in mid-2020, the Bronco finally dropped in 2021 and was immediately the most coveted new car.  Collectors and enthusiasts alike were spending $50K+ over sticker price on First Edition models, and even more basic trimmed examples were (and still are) commanding premiums.  With its six different trim levels, 2/4 door configurations, optional manual transmission, numerous options and hundreds of accessories to individualize, it isn’t hard to see why this vehicle was 2021’s rock star.

#2 Audi e-tron GT

Sure, the architecture-sharing Taycan beat its Audi stablemate to market by a year, but the e-tron GT hit the ground running with standard Quattro and a compelling design.  It makes the list because unlike the Taycan, it can be purchased immediately and at sticker price in the current market.  With 238 miles of range and 5-80% charging times of around 22 minutes, this (barely) sub-$100,000 entry shows the future of premium electric vehicles.

#3 – Genesis GV80

Hyundai’s luxury Genesis brand has been making noise in its respective price categories for half a decade.  They have taken all the right steps: hiring top design and engineering talent from competitors, listening to feedback, and offering a ton of value.  The GV80 arrived in 2021 with handsome styling and a base price of under $50,000.  Safe to say we are not surprised it was met with renowned acclaim and has been one of the most popular vehicles of the year.  We are excited to see what else Genesis has up their sleeves!

#4 – Ford Maverick

As trucks have gotten bigger and more capable, they have left a gap in the entry-level size market.  Not anymore.  The Maverick debuted in 2021 with unibody architecture, standard hybrid powerplant with 40+ mpg capability, and a base price under $20k.  Practical is the name of the game…especially for those needing utility but not wanting to drive a behemoth down the road.  The price point is attractive enough for budget shoppers to open their considerations to mini pickup life as well.

#5 – Polestar 2

To round out our list, we think it’s appropriate to include Volvo’s electric offshoot.  The Polestar brand combines the best of crisp Scandinavian design with attractive pricing and 100% electric sustainability.  With prices under $40,000 after federal tax credits, the Polestar 2 is a noteworthy addition to the growing list of more traditionally styled electric sedans.

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December 2021 New Cars On The Block 

Concluding 2021 with a few new options! 

2022 Audi TT RS Heritage Edition 

Audi will bid farewell to the hottest version of their sporting TT after the 2022 model year.  To celebrate, they are offering 10 cars in each of five different unique Ur-Quattro throwback color combinations.  They are Alpine White/Ocean Blue Leather with Diamond Silver stitching, Tizian Red/Havanna Brown Leather with Jet Gray stitching, Stone Gray/Crimson Red leather with Jet Gray stitching, Malachite Green/Cognac leather with Black stitching, and Helios Blue/Diamond Silver leather with Ocean Blue stitching.  The amazingly raucous 5-cylinder will continue on in the RS3 and we recommend anybody who hasn’t already to experience it! 

2022 Chevrolet Silverado ZR2 

Is this finally the bowtie’s answer to the Raptor and TRX?  It appears so, and will feature 33” tires, a 6.2L V8, 11.2 inches of ground clearance, and more aggressive fascias.  DSSV shock absorbers and an electronic locking front differential round out the $66,795 package. 

Ferrari Daytona SP3 

The successor to the popular SP1 and SP2 Monza cars, the latest in Ferrari’s Icona series will showcase a 9500rpm 6.5L V12 with no hybridization.  Ferrari is scheduled to build 599 units at a base price of $2.25m, and they are all pre-sold. 

2022 Hyundai Tucson XRT 

It seems like we have 12 of these in every “New Cars On The Block” episode and December is no exception!   Adding a little off-road flare to the updated Tucson, the XRT will add aggressive body cladding, black side mirrors, and special 19” wheels.  Oh, and a tow hitch!  Pricing will start at $32,625 for the FWD model and $34,125 for the AWD variant. 

In Other News… 

The most requested vehicles on our website for 2021, as referenced in our last blog post, were: 

  1. Ford F150 
  1. Ford Mustang 
  1. Chevrolet Colorado 
  1. Ford Escape 
  1. Tesla Model 3 

Domestics took the top five spaces for 2021…we will see if the trend continues for 2022! 

The team at Lotus built their final Elise, Exige, and Evora.  These incredibly satisfying drivers’ cars will be replaced by a new generation, but the purists will hold this trio in high regards for years to come. 

Inspired by these upcoming releases to get yourself a new car in 2022? Use OneRequest to shop for and find your next car. It’s car shopping made easy.  With access to over 3 million new and used cars nationwide, there is no need to shop elsewhere.  Plus, our online platform enables you to shop and communicate anonymously with dealerships about the price and availability of cars listed on our site without giving up your personal information.

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The Most OneRequested Vehicles of 2021!

What a year 2021 was! Between the chip shortage and lack of inventory, the car market was as crazy as any year on record. But the industry marched forward and the search for cars continued! Let’s recap on the most popular vehicle searches of the year!

Here are the top 5 OneRequested vehicles of 2021:

#1 – Ford F150

It should come as no surprise that the F150 sits at the top. As the best-selling truck for 45 years straight, the F150 is also the new sales king of the automobile world. The 14th (fourteenth!!!!) generation F150 was hot off the press for model year 2021 and debuted a number of class leading features like trailer scales, powertrain options like the PowerBoost hybrid, and new trim levels like the just-announced Tremor. We don’t see its reign ending any time soon!

#2 – Ford Mustang

Featuring a number of engine and transmission combinations, retro-modern styling cues, and a thousand different paint and trim individualization options, the Mustang is still in high demand today! It’s a rolling slice of Americana in the 21st century.

#3 – Chevrolet Colorado

There’s a revolution happening right now in the truck world as most of the committed brands are offering mid-size versions of their popular half-ton pickups. Navigating tighter city streets and sipping less fuel are among the pros, and Chevrolet even offers a cool diesel option in their Colorado. We are big fans!

#4 – Ford Escape

In the extensive lineup of Ford SUVs and crossovers, the Escape proved to be the most popular in our search results this year. Featuring gas/hybrid/plug-in drivetrains and a handsome exterior, the Escape also gifted us the underpinning of the equally popular Bronco Sport model.

#5 – Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 continues to garner attention and rounds out our top five! Featuring their AutoPilot technology and several different power levels, the Tesla brand has a decade lead in mass-producing EVs for public use. With their innovation and ability to recreate the rules, we always look forward to their new debuts and technologies.

Are you considering a new car in 2022?  Perhaps our top five list has inspired you!  Use OneRequest to shop for and find your next car.  It’s car shopping made easy.  With access to over 3 million new and used cars nationwide, there is no need to shop elsewhere.  Plus, our online platform enables you to shop and communicate anonymously with dealerships about the price and availability of cars listed on our site without giving up your personal information.

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Ready to go Electric? A Guide to EV Charging Solutions

Electric vehicles (EVs)are becoming more and more popular. They’re great for the environment, but they also have a lot of benefits that regular cars don’t offer. However, the art of charging an EV can seem like a tricky process. If you are interested in buying an EV, or if you already own one and are looking to supplement your current charging solution for one more efficient or quicker, today’s blog post is for you!

To start with the obvious, an EV will need to be plugged in wherever the user wants or needs to charge.  With so many different kinds of charging stations out there, it can be hard to know what to expect from them. This guide will help you understand all about the charging options so you’ll have a much easier time with EV ownership. 

So how do you charge your EV at home?  And what are the levels of charging if I am not at home? 

Level 1 – Standard 110 Volt wall outlet charging.  3-5 miles of range per hour.  This is the slowest type of EV charging. The ideal candidates for this minimal level of charging are those that drive less than the 31-mile daily American average and are able to leave the car plugged in overnight. 

Level 2 – 208-240 Volt specialty charging.  12-80 miles of range per hour.  The ideal candidates for this intermediate level of charging are those who find themselves driving more than 31 miles per day or have schedules that do not allow for consistent 8-12 hour overnight charging with 110V chargers.  Many people buying EVs choose to retrofit these faster-charging systems into their homes, either by necessity or just peace of mind that their EVs will be charged and ready to go in the morning.  They are fully programmable and allow users additional freedom to take extra trips.  Additionally, the cost to upgrade can be completed for under $1000, and 30% (up to $1000) of install cost is covered by a federal tax rebate. 

It goes without saying, but we at OneRequest encourage you to consult both your current state incentives and your trusted electrician. 

Level 3 – 400-900 Volt DC Fast Charging. 3-20 miles of range per minute.  These charging solutions are usually found in public locations, especially along major interstate routes, and are as close to a traditional gasoline experience as we have today.  With the newest EVs able to accept faster charges, it is possible to gain a full range charge in as little as 30 minutes.  These applications cost too much to feasibly install at home (as of the time of writing), but as with many things, competition will likely bring the cost down drastically in the near future. 

Do all cars use the same charger? 

Most cars use the same charger, known as the J1772.  Tesla has a proprietary network of Level 3 Supercharging stations, but adapters exist to allow Level 3 charging at more common stations as well.  In layman’s terms, Teslas can be outfitted to charge anywhere, but other makes and models will charge only at more standard charging stations. 

The second most common charger for EVs is CCS which was introduced to allow AC/DC fast charging on J1772 charging connections. EV manufacturers all over the world use this type of charger including the BMW i3, Kia e-Niro, VW e-Golf, and Jaguar I-Pace.

The CHAdeMO standard charger is almost as common as CCS, with many stations having both CHAdeMO and CCS.  All CHAdeMO compatible vehicles come from Japanese manufacturers, with the most common being the Nissan LEAF.

It’s an exciting new world in EVs and hopefully, you now have a better idea of how to maximize the efficiency of your charge!