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Home EV Chargers

To charge your electric car, have you thought about the supply needed from your electrical system to do such? Is your panel sized right? Is your electric service and meter-sized right?

Before you buy your car it may be best to have us review your electrical system so that you know ahead of time how much work is needed to fully enjoy your new car and have it charging at your home. The distance from your house to your garage may impact the location for your new charger. Our staff will meet with you and make suggestions for your installation that will make the final outcome convenient and as efficient with your budget too! This may be your first electric vehicle, but it is not ours! Why not use us for our experience of other installations to see if we can save you some aggravation and money?

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The first thing we want to do is find out how much your new charger draws on your electrical system and then we will analyze your existing electrical system. We will perform a load calculation and see if the power that exists can handle the addition of the EV charger to it. Our licensed electrician can help navigate you through the process of upgrading your service if needed and for the addition of the electric vehicle charging.

When thinking about having an electrical car charger installed at your home or place of business, two other things to think about is surge protection and grounding. Adding a surge protector is a great enhancement to a newly updated electrical system with an electric vehicle charger. The grounding system is also very important to be properly installed when it comes to an electric car charger and your electrical system will be completely code compliant after our service upgrade is completed. You will have an electrical inspector’s certificate as proof!

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3 Types of EV Chargers

Level 1

Level-1 chargers are basically the granddaddy of all EV home charging station systems. These do not require an EV charger installation as these already come packaged with your electric vehicle but most will require a dedicated circuit so you don’t trip any circuit breakers. Just simply plug into your 120-volt outlet and you are done for the day. Level 1 charging generally takes 8 to 12 hours to completely charge a fully depleted battery. The most common place for Level 1 charging is at the vehicle owner’s home and is typically conducted overnight. Now imagine how this could affect your monthly electric bill!

Level 2

Level 2 chargers are the most common chargers we install. These systems can substantially cut down charging times from several hours to just a few hours. Level 2 charging equipment is compatible with all electric vehicles and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles.

Level 2 equipment offers charging through a 240V, AC plug and requires installation of home charging or public charging equipment. These units require a minimum dedicated 40-amp 240-volt circuit on a #8 THWN copper wire unless there are long distances involved, then we will size your wire to match the distance so you don’t damage your new charger due to voltage-drop.

Depending on the battery technology used in the vehicle, Level 2 charging generally takes 4 to 6 hours to completely charge a fully depleted battery. Charging time can increase in cold temperatures. Level 2 chargers are commonly found in residential settings, public parking areas, places of employment and commercial settings.

Level 3

Level 3 Charging (CHAdeMO) Level 3 equipment with CHAdeMO technology, also commonly known as DC fast charging, charges through a 480V, direct-current (DC) plug. Most Level 3 chargers provide an 80% charge in 30 minutes.  Cold weather can lengthen the time required to charge.

This type of Level 3 equipment is not compatible with all vehicles, and the charge itself is not accepted by all vehicles. There is currently no industry standard for this level of charging; however, Level 3 chargers are being deployed across the United States in public or commercial settings. Currently, the Mitsubishi “i” and Nissan LEAF can accept a Level 3 charge. Other vehicles, such as the Chevy Volt cannot.

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