Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations (EV Charging stations) are becoming more and more popular as more and more people are buying hybrid cars. The decision to use a standard 110-v outlet to charge your car or a dedicated 240-v circuit is a decision each electric car owner must make. It won’t be long however until an electrical vehicle charging station is standard on all new homes. This has already been written into legislation in some cities.
Charging Your Electric Car At Home
Most hybrid cars come with a standard plug to use at home on your 110-v outlet. Before you begin charging your car it is a good idea to have a professional electrician inspect your home to make sure charging your electric car won’t overload your existing household circuits. This is especially true if the circuit where you park your car also supplies lights and other appliances with electricity. You may need a dedicated circuit breaker or an upgrade to your existing circuit breaker panel to charge your car.
If you have a small battery or don’t drive too much, this charging method will work well. You can usually charge your car in a small amount of time (anywhere from 20 min to 3 hours). If however, you have a larger battery or drive a lot, you will find this method takes a long time (up to 25 hours on some models). You can reduce your time by up to 60% in most cases by purchasing and installing a level 2 Electrical Charging Station or dock. For example, if your car fully charges in 11 hours on a 110-v circuit, then it will charge in 3 hours on a 240-v circuit.
Installing an Electric Vehicle Charging Station
It is important that you hire a professional electrician to install your EV charging station. It requires a dedicated 240-v circuit similar to what air conditioners or clothes dryers use. Your electrician is the most qualified to work on your circuit breaker and provide you with the safest repairs and upgrades available. In some cases this may involve pulling a permit and following other regulations.
If you have any questions about charging your electric car at home, please call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric and we will be happy to help you.