If you are in the market for an electric vehicle, you probably are wondering if you need to have a home EV Charging Station installed.
As electric vehicles become more and more common, having a home EV Charging Station will become less a novelty and more a necessity. So, what do you need to know about an EVCS?
A Level One charger will come with most electric vehicle on the market and can be plugged into a standard 3-prong outlet. You won’t need a level one charger professionally installed but the drawback is, it will charge your EV very slowly – some cars will take a full day to charge!
A Level Two charger is a good option – but it will need its own 240-volt circuit. And something like that needs to be installed by a qualified, professional electrician. A Level Two charger works much faster and can fully charge your EV in a few hours. Some electronic vehicle manufacturers are now including Level Two chargers standard with purchase.
A Level Three charger is fast and is what you see when you pull up to a public charging dock or station. You can add power to your EV in just a few minutes, but these are not suited to home use, as they need a very high power draw. However, if you own a business in an industrial setting, you could have a Level Three charger installed professionally there.
When you are considering having a home EV Charging Station installed, the first thing you want to consider is your driving habit. Do you drive a lot? Do you have a long commute? Would you need your EV fully charged each day?
Next, consider cost. Installing a Level Two charger will run a few hundred dollars at minimum – but it can be a smart investment if you drive a lot and are committed to the electric vehicle lifestyle. And as EVs grow more popular, it can also be a selling point to your home.
A qualified electrician can talk to you about options, cost and will inspect your home to give you a good recommendation. You could need an upgrade to your existing electrical system, but you can rest assured that a qualified electrician will make sure your new charger is safe to use and meets all local and federal requirements.
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