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Installing an EV charger at your home

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

Get your garage ready for your new Electric car

Here at Integrity Garage Doors we’re witnessing nothing less than a revolution. More and more home owners are asking how they can get their garage ready for electric cars by installing what is known as an EV charger (Electric Vehicle Charger).

There are dozens of car makers already sell EVs and the list just gets longer every year. Today not only Tesla models are available to purchase. Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, BMW and many more car makers offer a range of EVs you can choose from.

Rising fuel prices and upgrades in battery and charging technology has made the decision to buy an EV much easier but there’s still the matter of charging you electric car.

Since the charging process still takes a few hours in most cases, public charging stations are not typically an option. Therefore, installing a charging station at your home is crucial. This way you can have your car charge over night when the car is not use.

EV charging explained

In the automotive world there are several types of charging points. These are known as charging levels. Level 1, Level 2 and even Level 3.

Level 1 charging point

The most basic type. It uses a regular 120 Volt connection which can be found in all homes. This is your regular power outlet you know. They take longer to charge – about 17-25 hours for a 100-mile battery and they are cheaper than level 2 chargers.

Level 2 charging point

For this type of connection, you’ll need an electrician to install such an outlet in your garage. It’s the same outlet as you use in your cloth dryer or cooking oven. It uses a higher 220 Volt outlet thus making the charging times much faster.

A Mercedes B Class 250e, for example, can take 20 hours to fully charge (87 miles of range) with a standard 120-volt charging station. A 240-volt Level 2 charger can fully charge a 250e in three hours. Most EV owners choose this type.

Level 3 charging point

This type of connection uses a very high voltage and typically is not installed at homes. Although it can charge a 90-Mile battery in less the 30 minutes, they are very expansive and can cost more the $50,000. We guess in the future the will become more common and cheaper.

How to choose the right EV charger

So, once you install a 220V outlet in your garage, we can move on to the actual products you can find and install. Another thing to consider is whether you want a smart charger which will allow you to view your charging status and control the charging of your car via a Smartphone.

Although they cost more than a regular charger, many choose them for the connivance. Here are a few popular EV chargers you can find:

Smart chargers

  1. JuiceBox Pro 40 Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station with WiFi – $549

  2. ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger – $599

  3. GoPlug 40 Amp EV Charger – $500

Regular chargers

  1. Siemens US2 VersiCharge Universal – $491

  2. PRIMECOM Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger – $259

  3. Zencar Level 1-2 EV Charger – $182

* Note that these prices don’t include installation

Car manufacturer charger

Some car makers also offer installing EV chargers if you buy their EV. Normally these chargers are not superior to the charges you can find on places like Amazon. If your car manufacturer offers you a home EV charger in a reasonable price than you might as well go ahead and do that.

Otherwise, just by it yourself and call a professional electrician to install it. If you don’t own a garage and plan to charge your car outside, make sure you buy a water-proof EV charging station.

And as always, remember if you need an advice on your garage, garage door or anything else related feel free to call us at Integrity Garage Doors and Gates. We will be more than happy to assist you.

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