Updated: Jan 19
Well, you are looking into buying a new vehicle and it happens to be an all electric vehicle. If you go with an all electric vehicle, you are going to need to be able to charge it at home. You don't know a thing about car charging stations and need some more information. This guide will help to give you an overview of what EV car chargers are all about, so that you can make a decision on what you need for your home.
Type of Car Chargers
There are three types of EV charger types that you can get installed. The first is the Level 1 EV Charger option that simply plugs into a standard 120 Volt outlet, however 1 hour of charging will only get you about 8km of driving range or take about 20 hours to charge. This may not be very practical if you do a lot of driving with not a lot of time to charge in between.
The second choice is to invest in a Level 2 EV charger that will decrease your charge time significantly to about 8 hours or less for a full charge. For this reason this is the most popular choice for most Electric Vehicle owners. It will save owners a lot of headache not having to worry if they have enough charge to go about their daily activities. It also makes a great investment in the home and its value.
The third choice is a Level 3 EV charger that requires significant panel and service upgrades and consequently is the most expensive to do. You can get typically 70km of range for every 10 minutes of charging. This is not a popular choice as the cost of the installation outweighs the benefit of most people.
Features of EV Chargers
When buying an electric car charger, there are a few important features that you should be looking at. Depending upon what type of car you have bought(all electric or hybrid) or plan to buy, may sway you to buy a more expensive model or a more inexpensive depending upon what you need to get out of it.
Cord Length: This might be an obvious thing, but very important. Think about where the car charger is going to be installed in relation to the charging port. Is it going to have to go around to the passenger side of the vehicle or on the drivers side? Would it be easier to get the charger installed in the middle of the garage just in case you don't get your preferred parking spot?
Warranty: How much of a warranty do I need on my car charger? Is it going to be reliable? How many years is the standard warranty from the manufacturer and what does it cover?
Amp Rating: This is a particular item that may be of some importance for someone buying a car charger. The higher the amp rating, the higher potential your car will be able to charge at a faster rate. Different models of charger may automatically monitor the charge it is giving the vehicle. This allows it to optimize the best time to charge your car for the shortest period of time. This will help on in turn on reducing your electrical bill
Smartphone Capabilities: Some types of EV chargers have a mobile app connected directly to your charger. There it can monitor things like: Time to full charge, percent charge, charge rates, charging schedules and more. If this is important to you, make sure you look into what the specific model has to offer that you are interested in.
Should I Hire An Electrician?
Don’t be afraid to hire an electrician? If you can afford to spend $30,000 or more on a new car, you can certainly afford to use to services of an electrician. That way, your investment will be guaranteed to work properly without any problems with charging. Getting from point A to point B will be just that much easier.
Choosing a local, professional electrician to install your EV charging station will ensure it’s installed safely, properly and up to electrical code and inspected by the an electrical inspector.
There are many brands of charging stations to choose from and we will help you make the right choice for your vehicle or future vehicle. Call Firestorm Electric today for your for your free quote! Serving the fine folks in the Cochrane, Calgary, and Area. Please visit https://www.firestormelectric.ca/contact page to book with us directly.