Home EV Charging Station Installation
So, you've decided to buy an electric car, congratulations! But now what? It can be stressful trying to figure out how to charge it when you aren't at home. That's where Bates Electric comes in. We will show you which companies offer incentives for adding a home EV charging station in your garage.
The convenience and safety of an EV home charging station are just a phone call away. Bates Electric offers state-of-the-art, fully-featured electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation services that include professional residential installations for both off-the-shelf systems or custom designed to meet your unique needs!
Charging your electric vehicle is a lot different from refueling a gas tank. With the proper support system in place, however, charging an electric car can be as simple as pulling up to a pump and filling your gas tank.
Electric Vehicle Chargers (EVCs) are installed at homes and businesses where there's access to an electrical outlet. Many electric utility companies provide incentives to install EV charging stations at homes and businesses, or they offer rebates for buyers of electric vehicles.
Choosing electric vehicle fueling equipment can be an intimidating prospect - there are dozens of manufacturers, thousands of configurations, and many different codes and standards that have to be followed. If you're planning on buying your own charging station then it's important that you recognize that this is a significant investment in your electric car, and you should obtain the best product you can afford.
Charging an electric vehicle is different from gas vehicles because electricity isn't stored in large tanks that you then pump into the car's engine. Instead, electric vehicles have batteries that store this energy for future use. Electric cars need charging stations at home and elsewhere to plug in and recharge.
At home, this electric charging station is usually permanently installed so you'll always have access to a power source for your electric vehicle. It can take up to 8 hours to fully charge an electric car battery from a regular household outlet (110 volts), but it cuts down on the time required if you install a 240-volt outlet.
What Types of EVSE Chargers Are There?
Electric vehicle chargers are a great way to use green energy and help the environment. There are three levels of these systems:
- Level 1 charger is a standard with most electric vehicles and plugs into any normal three-prong outlet. While it requires no installation, the slow rate at which your car will charge means that you need to plan ahead if using overnight for work or an event where you are staying close by would be beneficial! The best bet may just be plugging yourself in before heading out so as not to have anything else preventing progress like traffic during rush hour when trying to get back home safely from long-distance travel while also ensuring enough power remains on hand should emergencies arise.
- Level 2 Charger this more advanced EVSE charger requires its own dedicated 240-volt circuit, which needs to be professionally installed in your garage. With a three hour recharge time and the ability to charge an electric car fully in about two hours (depending on temperature), these stations have become popular not only for drivers who want their cars ready when they arrive back at home after work or school but also companies looking hire relief from gas problems caused by vehicle fleets idling all day long outside offices buildings around town during rush hour traffic each weekday afternoon/evening.
- Level 3 chargers (DC fast Charging) are the blazing fast, industrial-level power that you see at public electric vehicle charging stations. They provide 160 miles in about an hour when paired with compatible EV battery packs! Level 3 charging is prohibitively expensive for most people and requires industrial-level power draw at this time.--but if you work at or own one really nice building...maybe they can hook it up?
What type of EVSE charger should you get for your car?
It depends on how often and where in need to charge it and charging speeds. If an overnight recharge isn't too much trouble, most people don't mind plugging into their home charging station each night time; however, if midday recharges become necessary, then installing a Level 2 Electrical Vehicle Charging Station is the best choice.
Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installation services, such as those offered by Bates Electric, can help you determine the availability of these incentives and rebates for your electric car charging station project. We'll walk you through all of the various options available for adding EV chargers to your home or business, and we'll work with you to make sure you get the best charging station for your electric car that fits into your lifestyle and budget.
Electric vehicle charging stations can be as simple as a plugin in your driveway or as complex as a service, panel upgrades with specialized equipment mounted behind an electric vehicle charging station. Whatever option is right for you, Bates Electric has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to get the job done right.
With the proper support system in place, however, electric vehicle charging can be as simple as pulling up to a pump and filling up your gas tank. Electric cars need charging stations at home and elsewhere to plug in and recharge. We will help you find out what type of incentives are available to you.
What is the process for an EVSE Installation?
We want to make sure you have the best experience possible with our products. Here's what can happen when you decide on a Level 2 electric car charging station:
- One of the most important things to do when installing new equipment is a full inspection. We want you, our customer's success; and as such, we inspect all units prior to or during installation for any issues before they become problems that could lead us down an unhappy path!
- We'll conduct a site inspection to ensure that equipment is installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications.
- A new branch circuit that includes a dedicated 30, 50, or 60 amp, 240-volt circuit, 6-8 AWG wire, and faster charging for your home electric vehicle charging station!
- A trained & licensed electrician from Bates Electric will install your electric vehicle charging station to comply with all National Electrical Code and local permit/code requirements.
- A start-up inspection that ensures that the equipment is functioning properly in its operational environment. We provide complete EVSE information to our customers about features, limitations, and maintenance requirements for each type of charger we install on your property as well as any warranty terms associated with them so you know what's covered.
The future of transportation is electric, and we're proud to be an EVSE provider. If you have any questions or are ready to install an electric car charging station in your home garage, or commercial ev charging stations for commercial property reach us via our contact form or call us today! We are one of the leading electrical companies in Charleston SC, as well as other locations such as Charlotte and Greensboro.
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