Professionally installed charging stations offer convenience and safety for both your vehicle and your home. At Oceanfront Electric, we know what different charging systems are available, and how each will benefit your vehicle and work with your existing electrical system. As you start to explore your different residential charging options, here are some factors to keep in mind:
Manufacturer’s Recommendations. Of course, no two electric vehicles are exactly the same, so it’s important to know what the maker of your specific vehicle recommends.
Cost, Performance, and Speed. Typically, there are at least two charging systems available for a given make and model of electric car: one that is more cost effective, but charges more slowly, and one that is more costly up front but will charge your vehicle much more efficiently.
Mounted System Vs. Extension Cord. Some charging systems, particularly those faster models that use more energy, are mounted permanently to the wall of your garage, while others essentially consist of an extension cord or cable that can be plugged into any regular outlet. The latter option can be beneficial if you plan to continue to use that outlet for other household reasons, but there will be a limit to the amount of electricity it can provide.
Your Existing Electrical System. Some homes are already wired with electrical systems that make them able to accommodate charging an electric car without any issues. Others, however, may need some adjustments to be made, particularly if the home is older or smaller.
Charging an electric car uses a lot of electricity. As such, you may require a service upgrade, especially if your home is older or under a certain size.
Before you purchase and install a charging system in your home, there are some key factors you need to know. They include:
Fast or slow charging. When you decide to schedule the install for your electric vehicle charging station, you'll need to choose between fast and slow charging. Fast charging can be considered best because it ensures a full battery and each cycle.
Consider your location. An ideal location for your charging station is your garage or driveway. If you do not have access to either one of those options, you will need to talk to your electrical contractor about what your options are.