If you have been considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), or have already done so, navigating the process of charging your EV can feel like learning to drive all over again. Will you be able to do all of your EV charging from home? How much does it cost to charge an EV at home, and what happens if you aren’t home when you need some more “juice”? Is a standard electrical outlet ok to use when charging your electric car?
Installing an electric car charger at home allows you greater control over the electricity that is powering your vehicle, can reduce your energy costs, and decrease the long-term environmental impact of your electric vehicle, especially when combined with solar and solar battery systems.
Here’s how it works:
The Types of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Let's begin by reviewing the “current” (pun intended) state of electric vehicle charging. There are two levels of chargers: Level 1 EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment), Level 2 ESVEs, and in some areas Level 3 EVSEs. You should already have everything you need for a Level 1 EVSE, which only requires the use of a standard 120-volt outlet and will charge your EV at up to five miles of charge per hour. This type of charger is usually ideal for plug-in hybrids.
However, given that the average median range for fully electric vehicles is now over 250 miles, it would take an estimated 50 hours to fully charge the average car battery using a Level 1 EVSE, which is clearly not ideal when your EV is the car you use for your everyday commute. Level 1 chargers are often reserved for workplace charging stations and other less critical charging needs.
Level 2 EVSEs charge at a faster rate, coming in at between 10 and 60 miles of charge per hour, meaning you could fully charge your EV using a Level 2 EVSE in at least half the time it would take using Level 1, and depending on the vehicle, it could only take about 4 hours for a full charge. Level 2 EVSEs require a higher current, like the 240-volt panels that a typical washer and dryer require. Depending on your home’s electrical system, home EV charging station installation may require an electrical panel upgrade.
Level 3 EVSEs are the fastest charging type available, however, availability is limited due to the use of DC (direct current) electricity.
Why Install a Home Car Charger for Your EV?
So, why bother with how to get an electric charging point at home when many EV drivers already have everything they need for Level 1 charging? Upgrading to Level 2 charging in your home saves a significant amount of time and gives you greater control over how you utilize your EV. Instead of piecing together charges from station to station, like from home, to work, then back home, you can wake up each morning with a fresh tank of electricity, ready for whatever the day holds.
In the case of combining a properly sized solar PV (photovoltaic) system, solar battery storage, and your EV charging, you can also ensure that your electric vehicle is powered by 100% renewable energy, maximizing the carbon footprint reduction of your environmentally friendly commute. Plus, a home that is EV ready is more attractive to potential buyers and can add to your home’s value, if you ever plan to sell.
Get EV Charger Installation Help From CAM Solar
If you are in the market for a home EV charging station, are looking for advice on how to combine your solar PV and EV charging, or are looking to take advantage of the rebates available for EV chargers, you’re in the right place.
CAM Solar has been the expert in solar installation and EV integration for well over a decade, serving the needs of homeowners in Denver, Pueblo, Aurora, and Colorado Springs, CO, as well as San Antonio, Austin, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley, TX.