With most vehicle manufacturers either already making electric vehicles, or making announcements to start, the future definitely feels electric. With many manufacturers stating that their lineups will be up to 50% electric by 2030, and some countries stating they will only allow electric vehicles by that same time, we need to be prepared. If an electric vehicle is on your radar, we definitely recommend having a charging station installed in your home to help charge your vehicle correctly, without the possibility of damaging your home electricity system.
The first thing to recognize is that there are different types of electric vehicle charging stations, separated by level. They are, of course, Level 1, 2, and 3 charging stations.
Level 1 charging stations are built for low use or plug-in hybrid vehicles. They simply need 120v. They charge the battery of your electric vehicle very slowly. A vehicle with a 200 km range will take about 20 hours to charge fully.
Level 2 charging stations are 240v, and typically a 50 amp outlet is required.
Level 3 charging stations are commercial grade and what you would find at rest stops and gas stations. Some Level 3 charging stations can bring an EV battery up from discharged to a full charge in an hour or less. These are not for residential installation.
The cost of these options is, as with most things, dependent. Different styles of charging stations will cost different amounts, as well as the installation charges. There may also be a situation in some older homes where you may need to upgrade the electrical system to handle the load of the charging station.
Do you have questions about installing an electric vehicle charging station? Reach out. We’d love to talk to you about your options!