If you own an electric vehicle, you know it can require considerable charging time, especially if it has a longer-than-typical range. If you’re currently forced to rely on public charging stations, not only do you have to pay for each charge, but you also have to wait around for the charge to finish. And what happens when your EV is running low and there’s no charging station nearby?
All things considered, does it make financial sense to opt for a high-speed electric car charger installation at home? For many EV owners, the answer is a resounding yes. If you’re among them, the electricians at Harrison Electric explain how to choose the right type of EV charger for your home below.
Are Your Regular Home Outlets Adequate for Charging?
Most houses are equipped with standard 120-volt wall outlets, but power is typically delivered to homes at 240 volts. Though you can certainly opt for 120-volt (Level 1) charging for your electric vehicle, charging times are painfully slow at that level. EVs with longer ranges, and therefore, larger batteries, can require up to 20 hours to reach a full charge at the 120-volt level.
If you’re fine with waiting, have a relatively short commute, or your EV has a smaller battery, 120-volt charging may be a suitable option. But, considering the fact that your home likely has a 240-volt power supply, your standard wall outlets aren’t the only available option to charge your vehicle.
Want a Faster Charge? Upgrade to 240-Volt Charging
All Level 2 chargers operate using 240 volts; however, charging speeds vary based on each charger’s amperage. If you have a long commute, tend to drive at top speed, or don’t like the idea of waiting all day for a fully charged battery, opting for a Level 2 electric car charger installation is likely your best bet.
With 240-volt charging, most EVs will get about 25 miles of range per hour with a 32-amp charger. If you have a newer EV that can accept more than 32 amps per hour, opting for a 50-amp charger can add approximately 37 miles of range to the battery per hour.
How Much Capacity Does Your Electrical Panel Have?
Before you can select the type of electric car charger you’d like to install, you need to know what your home’s current electrical capacity is. To find out, open the door to your electrical panel and check to see if there’s an open circuit breaker. If there is, you’ll also need to find out how many amps that circuit is rated for. If you’re opting for a Level 2 charger (240 volts), National Electric Code mandates that the open circuit must be rated for 25% greater electrical output than the charger you’d like to install.
Unsure what amperage your circuits are rated for? Don’t have an open circuit? Call a licensed electrician. Your home may require a service upgrade to accommodate the EV charger of your choosing, and only an electrician can make that determination.
Thinking About Electric Car Charger Installation? Contact Harrison Electric
If you’re considering electric car charger installation for your home, get in touch with the licensed electricians at Harrison Electric. We can assess your current electrical system, perform any necessary service upgrades to accommodate your charger, and complete the charging station installation. Since 1985, we’ve proudly served Twin Cities homeowners with a wide variety of residential electrical services, and we’re here to serve you too!
To learn more about our services, get a quote, or request a service appointment, give us a call today at 763-544-3300 or send us a message with any questions, and we’ll be in touch.