How to Prep Your Home for an EV

Close Up Of Hand Holding Power Cable For electric car

When purchasing a new car, most individuals likely overlook the preparation required for their home. Despite the numerous benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), such as potentially reducing carbon footprints and lower maintenance costs compared to gasoline cars, one crucial aspect necessitates prior consideration: ensuring your home is equipped for an electric vehicle home charger. While there are EV charging stations available in the North Haven area, home charging will likely remain your primary method of EV charging in the foreseeable future. Therefore, let’s explore five simple steps to prepare your home for an electric vehicle or electric vehicle charging station!

Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level) 

Before diving into the steps to prepare your home for an electric vehicle, familiarize yourself with the types of electric vehicle home charger available. Typically, home electric vehicle charging batteries systems fall into Level 1 or Level 2 categories. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging Station: This method often requires days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Station: Usually, this process takes several hours to complete. However, with Level 2 DC charging, you can attain between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes. Hence, most individuals opt for a combination of daytime “top-off” charging and overnight charging.

Ready Your Garage

 Prepare your garage for the impending arrival of your EV and electric vehicle charging batteries. If it’s cluttered or disorganized, now is the perfect time to tidy up. Clear out any unnecessary items, especially if your garage has served as a storage space for an extended period.

Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption 

Locate your power panel, which distributes electricity throughout your home. Ensure it’s rated for the maximum current flow, typically measured in Amperes. Additionally, assess your household’s electrical energy consumption to avoid overloading your electric distribution panel.

Hire an Electrician 

Enlist the services of a qualified electrician to address any concerns regarding power consumption and EV charging installation. They can install a dedicated 240-volt plug or a hardwired circuit back to the power panel, depending on your requirements. The cost may vary from a couple of hundred dollars to $1,000 or $3,000 if upgrades to the power panel are necessary.

Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed 

Research and purchase electric vehicle charging batteries or an electric vehicle charging station that meets your needs, then schedule professional installation by your chosen electrician.

Contact Executive Jeep to Learn More! 

Do you have further inquiries about preparing your home for an electric vehicle? Feel free to reach out to us at Executive Jeep or call 203-239-5371. Meanwhile, explore our trade-in options and new vehicle specials!

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