A lot of drivers are switching from gas-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles. These vehicles can be charged at home, so you never have to worry about standing in line at the gas station again. Before you purchase electric vehicle chargers, there are a few things you need to know.
What You Should Know About Electric Vehicle Chargers
The first thing you need to know about your electric vehicle is the available charging methods for your specific brand and model. Each vehicle has different requirements for proper installation. If you’re interested in using a power connector, it needs to be purchased and ready for the electrician to inspect during your appointment for cost estimates. Finally, you need to know who your electric service provider is, and if they offer special programs for electric vehicles and their charging options.
If you’re installing a power plug connector on the outside of your home, be aware of your neighborhood, city, and state laws and regulations. Failure to stick to established guidelines can result in hefty fines and other consequences. Where will you park your car? In which position will you park your car? For example, will you back your car up into the garage or will you pull into the garage? Do you plan on owning more than one electric vehicle? Let the electrician know your needs so you receive personalized advice on electric vehicle chargers.
What Type of Connections Are Available?
The connection types available include:
- Basic 120-volt wall outlet
- Heavy-duty 240-volt wall outlet
- Manufacturer-supplied power connector.
The basic 120-volt wall outlet is the best option if you’re on a budget, but it requires the most time to charge a vehicle. The heavy-duty 240-volt wall outlet has shorter charging times, and a power connector is not necessary for some brands and models of electric cars. A manufacturer-supplied power connector offers the quickest charging time for most electric vehicles.
A dedicated electric vehicle meter is a meter that provides an economical, overnight charging solution for your vehicle. The complexity of installation depends on your current electrical infrastructure. To qualify to use an EV meter, you need to have over 195 Amps at your meter. Installation depends on your electrical service provider and the size of your vehicle. You need the expertise and skills of a certified electrician to help you determine the best solution for your situation.
If you’re interested in electric vehicle chargers, contact Tim Kyle Electric. We provide residential electrical service in Myersville and offer panel upgrades, electrical vehicle charger services, and a variety of other electric solutions. Contact us today to learn more electric vehicle charges and our other services.