While it would be nice if electric vehicle (EV) owners could rely on businesses providing EV chargers, public chargers can be hard to locate and depend on.
Because of this, it's necessary to install at your home. A charging station is a key part of any EV purchase, but the logistics can be confusing and overwhelming. That's why we've created this quick guide to help you make key decisions.
Do I need a Level 1 charger or a Level 2 charger?
Most providers only provide a level 1 charger. Level 1 chargers typically provide between 3 and 5 miles of range an hour and require a circuit. At this rate, level 1 chargers charge a completely depleted battery in 8 to 12 hours. Because this is often not convenient, it is recommended that EV owners upgrade to a level 2 charger.
Level 2 chargers typically provide between 12 and 60 miles of range an hour. This number is largely dependent on how much electricity the car's onboard charger can accept. A completely depleted battery can charge in 4 to 6 hours with a level 2 charger.
Which factors should I consider in choosing a charger?
There are a number of factors to consider when selecting a charger. While EV chargers will work for any car, not every charger works for your needs. View Inside EVs Buying Guide to learn more.
- Cable Length
- Hardwired or plug-in
- Outdoor durability
- Smart capabilities
- Safety. EV chargers and their stations are something you will use often and need to rely on for powering your car. It's important that you feel they are 100% safe. Our technicians install each station with safety being at the forefront of their minds.
- Certifications. Local EV Install is licensed and insured to offer certified installation. Learn more about our certifications by visiting our Disclaimers page.
- Price. A fair price is an important consideration in any purchase. We're committed to offering a reasonable price for consultation, installation, and support. Contact us to learn more about pricing.
- Services/experience. Local EV Install is a team of expert electricians, some of the only to focus specifically in EV installation. We have the inside knowledge and experience to install reliable residential chargers.
Where can I install my charger?
We can help you choose the best charging point based on your home charging requirements. We consider the following when determining how and where to install:
- Do you own or rent your home?
- Does your electric service panel have enough spare capacity?
- Where do you want the station?
What incentives are available?
Take a look at the "Incentives" section of our resources page for details on federal tax credits for both residential and commercial.
To request a quote or find out more information, contact us here.