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Tips for installing an EV Charger at Home

Recently purchase an electric vehicle? Struggling to understanding what your best charging options are?

Installing an EV charger at home is the most convenient and reliable option. By simply having a home EV charger, you can charge your EV cheaply without relying on public stations. So, where to start?


Types of the EV Chargers

If you have decided to install a charging station at home, it is important to know what types are available. So, you can pick one according to your needs. Electric vehicle charging stations, also called EVSEs, are classified into the following three basic types:


Level 1 Charger

Level 1 charging is the slowest because it uses a standard 120-volt outlet and draws around 1.4 kW of power. Therefore, no additional installation is required. However, you can expect very long charging times.


Ideal for: Drivers who don't have access to a Level 2 charger or have low daily driving needs.


Level 2 Charger

Level 2 is the ideal charger for most homeowners. It typically takes 4-12 hours to recharge your EV and requires a 240-volt outlet. It draws between 3 to 19 kW of power, based on the charger's capacity. A licensed electrician can help you determine what your home needs to install one properly.


Ideal for: Most homeowners who own an EV. Drivers whose daily driving needs are moderate to high and who want to recharge their vehicle overnight or during the day.


Level 3 Charger

Level 3 is the fastest charging option that typically takes 30-60 minutes to recharge. However, it's also the most expensive and requires a high-voltage electrical system, drawing around 50 kW or more power. Level 3 chargers are what you see at public locations, such as rest stops, for a quick charge.


Ideal for: Drivers who need to charge their vehicles quickly while on a longer drive.


Important considerations before installing an EV charger


Determine the charging needs of your vehicle

To make sure your charging station meets your vehicle's requirements, you'll need to determine its charging needs. It's always best to consult with a qualified electrician who can help you choose the right charging station.


Availability of space

You'll need to find a suitable location for the charging station, and a qualified electrician can assess the location for safety and practicality.


Electrical Capacity of your Home

Before installing an EV charger, you'll need to make sure your home's electrical system can support it. An electrician like ASAP Power & Lighting can help you assess your home's electrical capacity and make any necessary upgrades.


Cost of installation

There are two costs to consider. First, you’ll need to purchase the right charger to be installed. Second, the installation / electrical upgrades needed for the charger. At ASAP Power & Lighting, we’ve installed hundreds of EV chargers across Nassau and Suffolk. We can help guide you on the best and most affordable option that fits your needs.


Side note: When considering an EV car, it's a good idea to consult a qualified electrician to ensure your home's electrical system meets the required requirements.


FAQs

Can I install an EV home charger myself?

No, you shouldn't install a Level 2 EV charger yourself unless you're an electrician. It is always recommended that you hire an experienced and certified installer.


How long does it take to install an EV charger?

In most cases, installing a Level 2 EV home charger only takes a few hours, depending on the type of charger and where it is installed.


How much does it cost to install an EV charger?

The cost to install a Level 2 charger can vary widely depending on several factors, such as the type of charger, the location of installation, and the necessary electrical upgrades. So, you will need to call a qualified electrician to help you with this.


Can my electrical panel handle an electric car charge?

EV chargers usually don't require an upgrade if your home's panel is 200 amps or greater. However, Level 2 chargers will require a separate 50 amp outlet that can specifically handle your charging needs.


At ASAP Power & Lighting we specialize in EV charger installs so we can help answer any questions you might have. Give us a call today or email us @ ben@asappowerandlighting to schedule a free consultation.

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