We are sure by now you’ve become familiar with the phrase “the future is electric”.
Well, there is truth behind those words. We’re living in an age where electric cars are not only on the market but are on the rise as well.
Given the rise of gas prices and the unsustainability of gas-powered vehicles, customers are now looking towards electric vehicles. These vehicles are both efficient and convenient.
The major responsibility that comes with electric vehicles is charging them. It’s more practical and effective to charge these cars at a charging station installed in your own home.
In this guide, we’ll provide you with things to consider when dealing with an EV home charger installation.
Requirements Needed to Have an EV Charging Station Installed
So, you’ve decided to have an EV charging station installed in your home? That’s great! However, there is necessary planning that goes into having a charging station installed.
The first step is getting a licensed electrician to come to your house in order to assess if your current electric system will support the charger.
After doing this, the electrician can create a plan outlining the work that needs to be done to complete the installation.
Next, you must determine a charging site where an outdoor standard outlet can be installed. This, of course, should be near your desired parking area. When all of this has been done, then you are ready to choose a charging station model.
Types of EV Charging Station Models
There are currently three types of charging station models: AC Level 1 Stations, AC Level 2 Stations, and DC Level 3 Stations. Residential EV charging stations run on AC charging system power flow; therefore you’ll want to look at Level 1 or Level 2 charging stations.
AC Level 1 Station
A level 1 charging port is the standard charging equipment that comes with an electric vehicle. AC Level 1 Stations typically have a voltage of 120v, 1-phase AC, 12-16 Amps, and 1.4-1.9 KW.
This level has a charging rate of 3-5 miles per hour and will take around 30 hours for a full charge. This is the standard unit for residential use and is a good option for EV car owners who do not have to travel long distances for work.
AC Level 2 Station
An AC Level 2 Station is a bit of a step-up as the middle-level unit as this level can be used for both residential and commercial use. Level 2 has a voltage of 208 or 240v 1-phase AC, 18-80 Amps, and 2.5-19.2 KW. This level charges faster at a rate of 10-20 miles of range per hour.
It will only take 8-12 hours to fully charge your EV. This unit may better suit the needs of a larger variety of customers.
Costs Associated With EV Charging Stations
While electric cars cost $19,000 more than gas-powered vehicles on average, you’ll actually save more money in the long run with an electric vehicle. A recent study showed that electric vehicles cost on average about half as much as gas-powered cars.
You’ll find reduced fuel and maintenance costs with electric cars. One of the primary costs associated with electric vehicles is the EV charging station installation.
The price range for this installation is a bit broad since it’s dependent on the level of the charging station. An AC Level 1 Station will typically cost around $300 whereas an AC Level 2 Station can cost anywhere between $300-$1200. Keep in mind that you may, also, need a professional’s help.
Factors including labor, location, and materials can fluctuate the price as well. Finally, you’ll obviously experience an increase in your electric bill. But the residents of Fairfield County have only reported an increase of $30 per month.
Install Your EV Charging Station Today!
Having an EV charging station in your home is not only convenient but it is necessary if you have an electric car. You’ll find both life and travel much easier if you do have one installed.
While the initial price may seem costly, you’ll find that these stations are definitely cost-effective in the long run. Electric cars themselves need fewer repairs and require less maintenance and check-ups.
Additionally, EV charging stations are perfectly safe as they are designed so that electricity only flows when the cord is connected to the car. Most charging stations, also, have a 3-year warranty just in case you experience any issues.
If you have any further questions or inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any question you may have or service you may need.