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Electric vehicles have become a popular choice for new car buyers, so much so that they are the fastest-growing segment in the automotive industry. Electric vehicles have a number of benefits, from reducing carbon emissions to avoiding weekly trips to the gas station.
Charging your electric vehicle is a convenient alternative to fueling up at the gas pump, but if you don’t have an efficient EV charging station installed in your home, you might not be getting the most out of your car. Basic chargers take too long for the average driver, and commercial stations might be too far away from your home to be worth the drive.
Prime Electrical Does Residential EV Charger Installations
If you are looking for a home EV charger installation in Cherry Hill, NJ, call Prime Electrical Services. We professionally install Level 2 chargers using our experience and the right materials to provide you with a safe and effective way to quickly charge your electric vehicle.
Call us today at (888) 471-9083 to set up an installation appointment with one of our skilled technicians.
How Do EV Chargers Work?
Electric vehicle chargers power your car using the same basic premise that all electronic chargers use. They pull an electrical current directly from the outlet grid it is connected to, delivering it to the vehicle’s battery through a plug or connector. Residential chargers use AC currents to charge your battery, while commercial charging stations use DC currents.
What Are the Types of EV Chargers?
There are three levels of electric vehicle charging stations: basic, faster, and commercial. The one you choose to power your EV with will have an effect on how much driving time you’ll get out of your car between charges.
Level 1: Basic
When you purchase an electric vehicle, you will usually be supplied with a Level 1 EV charging cord. This basic charger plugs directly into the standard 120v outlets in your home, allowing you to charge your car just like you would any other electronic device.
While this sounds like it might be all you need, it most likely isn’t. Level 1 chargers take an extremely long time to charge battery-powered EVs; a full charge could take between 40 and 50 hours. Level 1 chargers may be feasible for hybrid owners or those who use their electric vehicle as a secondary car, but daily drivers will need something more powerful to get the most out of their EV.
Level 2: Faster
A Level 2 charging station is perfect for EV owners who want a reliable way to charge their vehicle at home. These chargers require professional installation from a qualified electrician, as they require 240v of power (more than your standard outlets can provide). They can fully charge an EV
They are a bit of an investment compared to the Level 1 charger that comes with your vehicle, but Level 2 charger installation is necessary if your EV is your only means of transportation. If you are looking for a convenient way to optimize your vehicle’s usage, call Prime Electrical Services for recommendations or to schedule an installation appointment.
Level 3: Commercial
Level 3 chargers are the fastest charging stations available for EVs, but are only available commercially due to their power. While level 1 and 2 charges use AC currents from your home’s outlet, Level 3 chargers use direct current (DC) that allows voltage to constantly flow. You’ll typically find a Level 3 EV charging station in shopping centers or office parking lots.
Level 3 chargers can fully charge a dead battery in just 30 minutes. While this may seem like the best choice for EV drivers, it can be inconvenient to drive to the nearest charger and wait around for your battery to charge, especially if there isn’t one local to you.
EV Charger FAQs
Can I Install My Own Electric Car Charger?
Installing a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station in your home requires expert knowledge of electrical wiring, which is why we always recommend that you call an electrician for installation. Level 2 chargers need 240v of power, meaning you’ll have to attach a “double-pole” circuit breaker to two 120v bus bars to double the voltage.
If you don’t have the experience or knowledge to rewire your outlet for a 240v charger, you could compromise your charger’s performance and put your safety at risk. Call Prime Electrical Services for professional Level 2 EV charger installations.
Will My Charger Work for any EV?
Level 1 and 2 EV chargers in North America are universal and will work with all models of electric vehicles. When it comes to Level 3 charging, there may be some slight variations depending on the make and model of your EV. Some commercial stations will have multiple types of Level 3 chargers, but others will only have chargers for specific brands, like Tesla.
What Does It Cost to Install an EV Charger at Home?
The average cost of purchasing and installing a Level 2 EV charging station in your home is between $700 and $1,200. At least half of that total cost will be in purchasing the charger itself, as they can range anywhere from $250 for basic chargers to over $1,000 for high-end or smart chargers.
The cost will also vary depending on the amount of work your technician will have to perform, including whether your home already has a 240v outlet installed and how updated your home’s electrical system is.
Can I Get A Rebate on my EV Charger Installation?
In most states, including New Jersey, you can receive a rebate on your electric vehicle charger installation. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) offers NJ residents a $250 rebate for the purchase of an eligible Level 2 EV charger through the Charge Up Residential Charger Program.
How Long Does It Take To Install An EV Charger?
You can expect to have your charger installed in as little as two hours. The installation process includes fixing your charger to the wall near your parking spot, modifying your outlet/charging port to allow for 240v of power, connecting your charger to your breaker, and protecting your breaker to adhere to safety standard regulations.
Contact Prime Electrical Today to Install An EV Charger
The skilled technicians at Prime Electrical Services can help you optimize your EV experience by professionally installing a Level 2 charger in your home! Call us at (888) 471-9083 for recommendations about which charger to buy, any questions, or to make an appointment for your EV charging station installation in Cherry Hill, NJ.