How To Install an EV Charger at Home

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Whether you’ve been browsing our electric car inventory or you’ve already made the switch, you might wonder, “Can I charge my EV at home?” Yes, and in fact, most Los Angeles and Thousand Oaks drivers opt to install a home charging station for everyday convenience. There are a few things to consider before you start making changes, so Rusnak Auto Group is here to run you through the process.

 

 

1. Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

Before we get into how to install an EV charger at home, what type of charging station do you want? There are two primary types of charging station for home use: Level 1 or Level 2. They differ in strength, which translates into different charging times.

  • Level 1 EV charging can take days to fully charge your electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging takes hours to recharge a vehicle.
  • Getting 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes isn’t uncommon with Level 3 DC charging—but these kinds of stations are only available in public.

2. Ready Your Garage

For the best results, we recommend cleaning out your garage before your installation. This serves two purposes. It frees up space for your new charging equipment and allows your technician to work more easily, which means a faster appointment for you!

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

Your power panel is responsible for distributing electricity throughout the entire home, but it has limits. Introducing an electric vehicle will stress your power panel, so you’ll need to check the maximum amount of current flow measured in Amperes to make sure it can handle the extra strain. Take inventory of how much electrical energy you consistently use in your house by performing a self-assessment. You’ll use this information when it’s time to install the charging station.

4. Hire an Electrician

When you hire an electrician, let them know how much electrical energy you use on a typical day. They can formulate the best possible plan based on this information. How much to install EV charging at home will depend on whether or not you’ll need additional work on your power panel. If you just need a dedicated 240-volt plug or a hardwired circuit back to the power panel, this can be a couple hundred dollars in total. If you need an upgraded power panel, this can require upgrades to the tune of $3,000.

5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

You have your plan in place, you have your electrician hired, and now it’s time to buy your charger in Westlake Village and have it installed! Once you’ve selected your preferred Level 2 option, your technician will be able to transform your garage into a home charging station in no time.

Contact Rusnak Auto Group to Learn More!

Want to find out more about electric vehicle ownership? Rusnak Auto Group can help, so contact us with your questions about why you should buy an electric vehicle. You can also visit a Rusnak showroom in Los Angeles to get behind the wheel today!

 

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