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What is Needed to Charge an Electric Car at Home?

February 18th, 2022

Home Electric Car Charger

As the technology that powers them advances, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. The average electric vehicle can now go more than 300km on a single charge, making it easier for Canadians to travel long distances without relying on a gasoline-powered vehicle.

If you’ve been thinking about getting an electric vehicle yourself, it’s important to think about how you’ll charge it between uses. Let’s explore what you need to charge this type of car at home and how you can upgrade your basic infrastructure to make charging more convenient.

Charging Your Vehicle at Home

There are three levels of charging stations for electric vehicles, but the third level is typically only used in business and commercial settings. Most private residences only use Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations.

Level 1

A Level 1 charging station is the simplest electric vehicle charging option. These stations can be plugged into basic household outlets, then connected to your vehicle to supply it with power. Electric vehicle manufacturers usually include one of these chargers with the purchase of your vehicle.

Level 1 chargers are portable, which is highly convenient and ensures you can always top up your car’s energy reserves wherever you go. However, they are also the least powerful chargers on the market.

With just 120V of power to give, it can take up to 24 hours to fully charge an average-sized fully electric vehicle. A hybrid will charge more quickly, but using this type of charger still severely limits how often you can use your vehicle. One outing could leave without access to your vehicle for a full day!

Level 2

A Level 2 charging station is a considerable upgrade from the basic version. This type of charger runs on a 240V outlet (the type used to power large appliances like a fridge or washing machine), giving it much more power than the Level 1 charger. These highly capable devices can fully charge your devices in 6 to 14 hours – even less for a plug-in hybrid vehicle. That’s less than half the time it would take to complete the charge with the basic version.

This type of charger does have two downsides, though: convenience and cost. Level 2 chargers are wall-mounted devices that must be connected directly to your domestic energy supply. You’ll need a qualified electrician to install one, adding a moderately large expense to your budget. You also won’t be able to take it with you on travels or if you move.

However, the expense is minimal compared to the convenience a Level 2 charger offers. If you can charge your vehicle in less time, you can take more frequent trips with your car. You’ll also enjoy more peace of mind knowing that your car will be at least partially charged soon after use if you need it in a hurry.

Remember that your electric vehicle will be an integral part of your daily life for many years. With that in mind, investing in an upgraded charger just makes sense.

Futureproof Your Home with a New Electric Vehicle Charger Today

If you’re interested in adding a Level 2 electric vehicle charger to your home, Syles Mechanical can help. Contact us today to get a quote for your home charger installation project and see how affordable this equipment can be.

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