Electrical services: installing level-2 charger for your EV at home
As the current or future owner of an electric vehicle (EV), you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about how you’re going to charge your car. Many people worry about driving long distances and relying on public chargers, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If you’re in the market for your first at-home EV charger, or if you’re unsatisfied with your level-1 charger, a level-2 charger is a reliable and cost-effective option that offers the peace of mind you need.
Types of EV chargers
There are two types of EV chargers for residential use: level 1 and level 2. Level-1 chargers come with a cord to plug into a standard 120-Volt wall socket. All EVs come with a portable cord-set that allows you to charge from any standard household outlet. Using a level-1 charger, it takes between 12 and 20 hours to get a full charge, and you can drive about eight kilometres per hour of charging.
Level-2 chargers must be installed by a licensed electrician. They use a 240-Volt outlet, which is the same kind used by your oven and clothes dryer. It takes between six and 14 hours to get a full charge, and you can drive 35 to 60 kilometres per hour of charging. Level-2 chargers are much faster and more convenient than level-1 chargers.
Compatibility with existing electric infrastructure
Before you have your new level-2 charger installed, it’s essential to contact a licensed electrician. They’ll identify the technical requirements and determine if there’s sufficient electricity flowing into your home. If an upgrade is needed to your home’s electrical panel, the electrician will let you know. For instance, if you don’t already have a 240-Volt outlet that can be used for your new charger, some electrical work will need to be done. The electrician might need to run a new line specifically for your level-2 charger, and in some cases, it may be necessary to replace your electrical panel.
When installing your new EV charger, you can choose to have it installed either inside your garage or outside, based on the location of the outlet and where you typically park your car. However, before finalizing the placement of your charger, it’s important to consider the length of the charging cable, which is typically about seven metres. This will ensure your car can be easily connected to the charger.
Level-2 charger installation in Southern Ontario
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