Electric car charging, also known as EV charging, is perhaps one of the largest deterrents for people interested in buying an electric car. Having an electric vehicle requires having access to a charging station, either at a public location or your private residence. While charging your vehicle at a public location may seem like a cheaper option, it can be wildly inconvenient — especially if your workplace does not provide EV charging stations.
Installing an EV charging station in your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t always have to be. The expert electricians at Merv Electric in the Seattle area can help you wire your house and install electrical upgrades so that your home can handle charging an electric car. Whether you are interested in purchasing an electric vehicle or you already have one, call Merv Electric today to speak to a master certified electrician in the Seattle area at 206-945-5750.
Electric Car Charging for your Home
Installing an EV charging station in your home will require having a dedicated 240-volt line. For some context, a 240-volt line is the same type of outlet that your clothes drier or electric stove might use. By having a dedicated line, you can ensure that enough power is reaching the charging station and you aren’t overtaxing the circuit. The placement of this line is also important. If you want to charge your vehicle in both the garage and the driveway, make sure the new line is somewhere close to the garage door, so you can run the power cable out to the driveway.
Depending on whether you want to take the EV charging station with you if you ever decide to move, you can either hard-wire the charging station into the electrical system or use a 50-amp, 240-volt 6-50 industrial power outlet that most charging stations are compatible with. Once you have all of this in place, you will be ready to purchase the actual charging station. The charging station’s main job is to safely and efficiently transfer power from your home to the car itself.
EV Charging Station Options
There are tons of options available for an EV charging station unit, but the important thing is that the charging station is compatible both with your home’s wiring and your car. Since we talked about installing a 6-50 outlet, it is important that your EV charging station has a 6-50 plug. Having a charging station that is capable of more than 24 amps is important if you want to charge your vehicle quicker. Also, having a longer charging cord will allow you greater flexibility for where you charge the car.
One interesting development in EV charging stations, along with many other appliances, is a “smart” functionality, meaning it can connect to the internet and Bluetooth. Why would you want a charging station to do this? Well, a “smart” EV charging station is capable of sending you updates on your phone to notify you of when your vehicle is charged. You can also control the charging station from a mobile device.
Future Proofing your EV Charging Station
Popular in many home improvements today is the concept of future-proofing, which accounts for the acceleration of technology advancements. Oftentimes, we install upgrades in our home that are only compatible with the technologies of today. Because advancements in technology are happening more rapidly, your home improvement may become outdated in just a few short years.
Your EV charging station is no different than any other electrical upgrade, so be sure to take the time to talk to a certified electrician to see how effective your new charging station will be five years down the line. If you are looking for a master certified electrician with years of experience in the Seattle area, consider hiring Merv Electric. We are more than happy to help you with a variety of home improvements and home wiring upgrades. Give us a call today at 206-945-5750.