Preparing an Electric Vehicle Home Charging Station

Close Up Of Hand Holding Power Cable For electric car
 

When it comes to buying a new hybrid or electric car, one thing people sometimes forget to consider during the process is prepping their at-home electric vehicle charging station. While electric vehicles have plenty of benefits including a reduction in your carbon emissions as well as lower maintenance costs, you still will need to consider preparing the electric vehicle EV charging station prior to taking delivery of your vehicle.

 

 

While there are EV charging stations across the Milford area, you still will want to have one installed into your home if all possible. Let’s delve into the 5 steps to setting up an electric vehicle that all EV owners should know for preparing the garage for an electric vehicle. While you are here, read more about the benefits of electric cars as well.

1. Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

You should start by doing research on whether you would like a level 1 or level 2 charger. Here is some more information on both options: 

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes a few days in order to get a full charge.
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric vehicle. You can get up to 60-200 miles in just 20-30 minutes of level 2 DC charging. For this purpose, most EV drivers in the Smyrna area top-off charging with overnight charging. 

2. Ready Your Garage

Organize your garage and clean out clutter before incorporating a charging station and charge cable into your home. 

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

The power panel distributes electricity throughout the entire building, and is rated for maximum amount using Amperes. Most new homes come with a 100 Amp power panel, but this varies home to home. 

Next, you’ll want to know how much electricity you typically use, as you do not want to overload your electric distribution panel. 

4. Hire an Electrician

Then you’d want to hire and electrician, and ask yhem any questions or concerns you might have. This can cost from a couple hundred dollars to $1,000-$3,000 if your power panel is current insufficient and is in need of an upgrade. 

5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

Now would be the time to have your smart charger installed by the electrician of your choice. 

Contact Kent County Motors to Learn More!

If you have any further questions or concerns about prepping your home for an electric vehicle, contact us at Kent County Motors near Middletown today. 

 

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