Many people have started to switch to all-electric vehicles both for the environment and cheaper cost per mile to commute.
This has lead to an increase in the demand for electrical vehicle (EV) chargers. Many vehicles come with a 120V connection that can plug into the wall and charge at a very slow rate. Oftentimes, the vehicle cannot charge enough to go the distance required for an average commute the next day.
EV chargers can reduce the amount of time necessary to charge in order to drive further per charge. The chargers typically require a dedicated 240V 30-60A circuit, depending on the charger. The higher amperage models will usually charge faster, but require a larger dedicated circuit to wire it; a new circuit from the panel to the EV charger would be necessary.
You’ll want a licensed professional to install your EV charger, as a charger wired incorrectly could ruin all the electronics in the vehicle. The right contractor will assess what size wire, conduit, and breaker is required for your charger. Sometimes, the charger has a plug on it, and can be mounted where they’re plugged into the wall. Other chargers, such as the Tesla charger, require a hardwired connection straight to the charger without a receptacle.
Most panels are located in or near the garage, so most EV charger installations can be completed in a single day. Call us for an estimate to install your EV charger!