The technological improvement to introduce electric cars makes life easier for car owners but also assists in keeping the environment toxin-free. With the demand for electric cars increasing, having home EV charging stations are convenient and make driving an electric car easier. Here are a few things to consider as you choose to get a home EV charger.
How fast you want to charge your car is something you would have to consider. There are level 2 chargers that use 240V, but the charging speed differs based on the charger’s electrical current. The need to have a fast-charging system is determined by the EV’s range, your commute and driving style. Having a car with less range and a long commute, and fast speed may mean needing a fast-charging system. Most EVs take in about 32 amps which may add about 25 miles per range per hour of charging. Thirty-two amps are ideal for most vehicles.
All level 2 chargers require a 240V electrical connection; therefore, it is important to get a charger with an amperage that works for your car and how much power you are left in your home. The national electrical code requires an electrical circuit to have a rating of 25% greater amperage than the charger’s output. It is important to consult with your electrician to check your electrical panel to see how many amps your home has available before bringing in an EV charging system.
Location of the charger
Where you need to install your charger in your home is something that should be put into consideration. A good example is if you would like to place your charger near your electrical panel, it is important to get your electrical to run conduit from your panel to where your charger will be placed. Running a lot of conduits might be expensive. Having your charger near your garage would be a good idea to ensure that you can charge multiple cars simultaneously. Have a waterproof charger that might be used for outdoor charging, which will give you the flexibility to park anywhere you would like.
Safety and reliability
Get a charger that is tested and certified to make sure that the safety of your home is the priority. Getting an EV charger with an energy star certification means that the charger uses minimal energy when not charging hence lowering your electrical bill. It would help to have a portable charger both for travel and home use to endure that you don’t have cables lying around, which might reduce their life span. It may also be dangerous to have them lying around if you have little ones in your home. Get a wall-mounted station to ensure that all cables and the connectors do not hang around when they are not in use. Check the warranty and research the company’s reputation before you make a final purchase on the charger of your choice. Choose a company that has a longer warranty time and a twenty-four-hour phone service in case you experience any defects.