What to Know About Installing an EV Charger

Posted on: 10 February 2022

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more popular than ever. While not having to stop and get gas is a dream for many, you still need a charger for an electric vehicle. Many homeowners decide to put electric vehicle chargers in their homes. EV chargers are a convenient option for those who use an electric vehicle as their daily driver or who don't live near a charging station. If you are looking at an EV charger install, here are three things to know.

What Level Charger You Want

Electric vehicles use batteries that you can charge either at home or an electric charging station. If you decide that an at-home charger is the best option for your needs, you must first determine what charger level will work best before scheduling the EV charger installation. At-home EV chargers are either level 1 or level 2. A level 1 EV charger uses a standard outlet. You will need a dedicated circuit, but professional installation is often unnecessary. A level 2 charger is faster and more powerful, but they require professional installation since they require a dedicated 40-amp circuit. 

What It Costs

Another thing to consider if you are looking into an EV charger install is the cost. What you pay for EV charger installation depends on your vehicle, how often you need to charge, and how the charger will be connected to your home. On average, a level 1 EV charging station installation will cost up to $300, while a level 2 installation costs between $300 and $1,200. So while a level 2 charger installation is more expensive, this option will charge your electric vehicle in a fraction of the time. 

It Can Be Challenging For Older Homes

If your property doesn't have an updated electrical system, installing some types of EV chargers may be challenging. Electrical codes may make it challenging to install a level 2 EV charger. In some cases, you may need to add a new power panel and to bring in new service from the electrical company, two things that can get rather pricey. If you own an older property and are thinking about having an EV charger installed, your electrician will help you understand how challenging the installation may be. 

EV charger installation is an excellent idea for many homeowners, but there are a few things to know. First, you'll want to determine what kind of EV charger installation will work best for your needs. Second, think about how much EV charger installation will cost. Finally, it's important to note that if you have an old home, EV charger installation may be challenging. 


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