So you’ve just purchased your first battery-powered vehicle? Congratulations! Electric vehicles (EVs) are enjoyable to drive, good for the environment, and simple to maintain. What’s the next step, then?
The following stage is generally determining how to charge the new vehicle and, more crucially, EV charging at home. You’ll need to get your Electric Vehicle Service Equipment up and running (EVSE). The infrastructure that provides electric power to your electric vehicle is known as an EVSE. They are compatible with both BEVs (battery electric vehicles) and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles).
An EVSE transfers electricity from your house’s grid to your car’s built-in charger, which then charges your vehicle and keeps both vehicle and home safe. The EV charger also interacts with the EV, telling it when it’s correctly plugged in and safe to charge.
Most people charge their electric vehicles using either Level 1 or Level 2 charging, depending on the brand and type of their car. Because they function with regular household outlets, Level 1s don’t require any additional installation. Since most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 charger, this is by far the cheapest choice.
Level 1 charging, on the other hand, is by far the slowest and most inconvenient method of EV charging, requiring up to a full day to fully charge your vehicle. As a result, Level 2 charging is strongly advised. Level 2 EVSEs can charge your car at 240v, which means most electric vehicles can be charged in approximately 4 hours vs a full day or more with a level 1 charger.
Hardwired or connected to a 240v outlet, Level 2 EVSEs are available. Our professional electricians will install your EVSE at the place of your choice and assist you with all specifics, including establishing whether or not your existing electrical panel has enough power to support your new EV charger.
A Level 2 charger would provide the most versatility. Level 2s are costly and need installation, but they are exceedingly practical, efficient, and simple to use. Once it’s installed, all you have to do is plug it in every night or whenever your car isn’t in use to wake up to a completely charged vehicle.