Once you’ve decided that an electric vehicle is for you, it’s time to think about how you will keep the battery charged. Sure, you can just stop by a public charging station every day, but this probably isn’t the most practical idea. The better solution is to install your own EV home charger, and it may be a lot simpler than you realize.
Level 1 Charging
Right now, you actually have Level 1 charging in your home. This comes from a basic 120-volt outlet. And while plugging your car into any of these will get the battery juiced up, it will take a long time. This will only get you about three or four miles of driving range added per hour.
Level 2 Charging
To ensure that your car’s battery can get fully charged in about 10 hours or less, you’ll want to put a Level 2 charger in your home, which comes in the form of a 240-volt outlet. Your garage may already have a 240-volt outlet, but you can also have one professionally installed.
Charging Station Options
Having a 240-volt outlet installed in your garage is generally a quick and affordable project. Another option is to connect a charger directly to your house’s circuit. In either case, you’ll want to hire an electrician to make sure things are done correctly and safety.
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