EV Charging Station Installation

Electric vehicles solve a host of problems for drivers and the environment, but they are going to draw on your home’s electrical system. Once you have decided on the EV you want it’s a good idea to talk to an electrician to find out what equipment you need and the costs of hooking it up.

If you have a 60 amp service, you may need a panel upgrade. If your service is 100 amp or more, you may not need a panel upgrade, but you may need an EV charger management system that monitors the peak electrical usage of your home and charges your EV outside of those times.

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There are two types of electric car chargers for the home:

EV level 1 charger

Level 1 chargers

120 Volts • 6-22 hours charge time

Level one chargers let you charge your EV with an extension cord plugged into a 120-volt outlet, so they typically don’t require any wiring changes in your home. They’re slow, requiring 10-20 hours for a full charge of a depleted battery, but if you don’t drive very far daily, it’s much faster to fully charge the battery. The good news is that they’re inexpensive, so you don’t have to break the bank to buy one and have it installed.

EV level 2 charger

Level 2 chargers

240 Volts • 8-8 hours charge time

Level two chargers connect to a 240-volt outlet, so you might need a service upgrade or an electrical panel upgrade to use them. They power up your EV faster, although not as quickly as the DC fast charging stations you’ll find at commercial sites.

Level one chargers are enough for some people, but most people who drive daily may want a level two charger for the convenience of a fast charge.

How We Help with Home EV Charging

Once you’ve decided that it’s time to make the switch to an electric vehicle, we come in and assess your home’s electrical system. We’ll tell you what you can currently handle in terms of electric vehicle charging systems and advise you on your best option.

Our advice will include how to get the least expensive method of home EV charging. But we also understand that money is only part of the equation, so we’ll provide clear solutions at different price points if you’d like us to do so. Our goal is your satisfaction.

We can also help you control how much electricity you’re using by installing an EV energy management system. These systems ensure you don’t go out of the limits of your electrical service and will balance the amount of electricity going to your EV charger and your other appliances. We can also balance your electrical panel loads to ensure even usage.

Ready to Make the Switch to Electric?

Contact us today. With our experience installing all brands and models, we’ll help you get an electric car charger that works for you.