When you're diving into the world of electric vehicles (EVs), your mind likely drifts to the exciting road trips and adventures that await.
But in the midst of planning your charging strategy for those exciting journeys, it’s easy to underestimate the importance of home charging. Tri-County has a passion for EVs, and certified installation experts to shed light on this crucial aspect and help you make the right choice for your home charging setup.
The Basics of EV Charging at Home
When it comes to EVs, the spotlight often shines on charging stations along your travel route. However, one essential piece of the puzzle is often overlooked: home charging. Most mass-produced electric vehicles come equipped with a Level 1 charging unit that plugs into your standard household outlet (110 volts). While convenient, this method is slow, providing around 4 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging. Overnight, this translates to about 36 to 40 miles of range – perfect for those who don’t exceed 50 miles of daily driving. This setup is hassle-free and suits the needs of many EV owners.
Rev Up Your Charging Speed with Level 2
But what if your daily commute is longer or you find yourself driving more miles each day? This is where a Level 2 charging station enters the scene. This system uses a 240-volt outlet, akin to what’s used for electric dryers at home. It’s also the standard for most public charging stations. The beauty of Level 2 charging lies in its efficiency – delivering about 180 miles of range during an 8-hour overnight charge, roughly half the time of Level 1 charging. If you’re in a hurry or have an extended daily drive, Level 2 charging is the answer. Plus, it’s a great option for those without reliable access to public charging spots. Installing a Level 2 Charger with the help of an electrician is a breeze, and you can place it wherever suits you best.
Picking Your Perfect Charger
With a plethora of EV chargers available, finding the right fit can be a puzzle. Here’s a breakdown of key factors to consider:
Installation Type: Some charging stations are fixed in place while others offer portability by plugging into the wall. Regardless, a 240-volt outlet is essential for optimal performance.
Cable Length: For fixed stations, ensure the cable comfortably reaches your vehicle’s port. Consider future vehicles as well for added flexibility.
Size: Space matters. Look for a compact charger that fits snugly to save precious garage space.
Weatherproofing: Outdoor use requires a weatherproof model that stands up to the elements.
Storage: A charger with a built-in holster keeps cables organized when not in use.
User-Friendly: Opt for a model that’s easy to use – seamless plugging and unplugging should be a given.
Smart Features: Some chargers allow scheduled charging for cost savings and auto-resume after power outages. Smartphone apps can streamline operations.
Safety: Ensure your chosen charger is UL Listed for peace of mind.
Making the Right Choice for You
As an EV certified installation expert , we are here to help you navigate the world of home charging. Remember, while the open road beckons, your home charging setup is the foundation of your EV journey. Choose wisely, and you’ll power up your adventures with convenience and efficiency.
Ready to take the next step? Give us a call at (440) 542-0735 and let’s talk about getting your EV charger up and running.
Your EV charging journey starts here with Tri-County Electric!