The Benefits of EV Charger Home Installations
While electric cars may still be in their early stages of adoption, drivers have rapidly been warming up to the idea of getting into an EV. Since 2020, electric car sales have tripled and now make up two per cent of the nation’s vehicle makeup.
At the end of the day, an electric car is still a car, but some aspects of the ownership experience need to be changed. The most significant of course is the change from petrol stations to charging stations. It might be tempting to make a straight substitution and only charger your EV while on the road or at the shops, but an EV allows for far greater convenience. Since you can charge your car at your house, you will be able to start every day with a full “tank.” While the thought of an EV charger installation might be daunting, the process is relatively straightforward for our qualified electricians.
All it takes is some extra wiring and a mounted EV charger within a few metres of your car’s charging port, and you’ll be good to go.
Anyone looking to move forward with EV charger home installation will inevitably ask, “how long will it take my electric car to charge?”. The answer to this is highly variable as both the charger and the car in question affect how long it will take.
Modern EVs will have different maximum charge rates ranging from 50 kW to 250 kW and beyond. These numbers do not mean much for home charging as they dictate the maximum rate while using a DC fast charger at charging stations.
For the purposes of home charging, we need to look at the EV’s internal charger, which converts your home’s AC power into DC. This metric is less advertised but should be easy to find in the owner’s manual. Depending on the model, these internal chargers can handle single-phase power at 7.4 kW and below (Level 1 Charging), up to three-phase 22 kW power (Level 2 Charging).
Level 1 charging will typically add 10-20 km of range per hour, while Level 2 charging will add 40-100 km per hour. Many systems can also be configured to only start charging during off-peak hours, saving you even more on the charging cost.
It’s important to note that if you are looking at a Tesla charger installation, it will come with a proprietary plug. While almost all EVs use a CHAdeMO or CCS plug, Tesla has their own plug, so if you have a friend over with a non-Tesla, they’ll need an adapter to charge from a Tesla home charger.
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If you have any questions regarding a Tesla charger or other EV chargers that you may want to install in your home, don’t hesitate to reach out.