EVs or electrical vehicles have become more popular than ever as fuel costs rise and concerns for the environment grow as well. With having an electric vehicle you’re going to need to have a place to charge it regularly. You need to bring in an electrician because installing your charging station is not a DIY project and there are a couple of other factors to take into consideration. Let’s look at what makes the perfect EV charging station and the considerations you need to think about.
Your Electrical Panel
If you live in a newer home then your electrical panel shouldn’t be a problem. If you live in an older home or your electrical panel hasn’t been updated in 20 years or longer you may need to upgrade to accommodate your EV station. You need a bit more power than your standard plug, something that is at least 240V and 40 amps to charge in a decent amount of time. Talk with an electrician that is familiar with EV stations and their installation, they will let you know if upgrades are necessary.
Where Will You Put the Charging Station?
Ideally, you want to put your charging station as close to your electrical panel as possible. The electrician has to run power via a conduit from the panel to your charging station and the closer the better. If you have a garage to put your charging station in, fantastic, if you need to put it outside then make sure you get a charging station that is weatherproof.
What Will it Cost You?
It will cost you for the charging station and it will also cost you to have an electrician install it for you, but weigh that against never having to pay for gas again and the cost isn’t really that bad. There are a ton of different charging stations on the market and they can run anywhere from $500 – $1,000 plus installation. However, not all chargers are created the same. If you have bought a Tesla then you will need one of their charging stations. Other brands of EVs give you more options, that being said you want a unit that has passed all safety tests and comes with a warranty. You may also want to look for something with an Energy Star rating. Most charging stations also come with other features like reminders and scheduled charging times.
EVs are the future and it won’t be long before most homes are built with charging stations on the property, until then find yourself a good local electrician who can install one for you.