EV Charger Installation Service

A close up of an electrical vehicle with its charger inserted after service has been completed for EV charger installation in Cranberry Township, PA

As an owner of an electric car or SUV, you already know that your vehicle is the future. In November 2020, the number of EVs registered in Pennsylvania was double that of December 2017, and the number of electric vehicles (EVs) in the state is expected to grow considerably more over the next decade. Currently, data shows that some of the highest numbers of EVs in the state are in northern Pittsburgh, just south of Cranberry Township. To increase EV sales, more charging infrastructure is desperately needed. As of July 2022, there are only 6 public charging stations in Cranberry Township. If you have an EV and are tired of paying for expensive public chargers or waiting hours for your factory-installed charger to fill up your battery at home, you could benefit from an EV charger installation in Cranberry Township, PA.

Our Cranberry Township electrician professionals are experienced in the installation and servicing of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for both homes and businesses. We offer several different charging systems, all of which use the latest and most advanced technology. To find out more about our EV charger installation service, give us a call at 412-228-3290, or keep reading to find out if this service is right for you.

EV Charger Installation Options For Your Home Or Business

To fully understand our electric car charging station installation services, you first need to have a basic understanding of the differences between the three different charging levels, as well as their benefits and drawbacks.

Level 1 Chargers

Level 1 chargers are the most basic type of EV charger. With this level, your EV can be plugged directly into a standard 120-volt power outlet in your home. There are two types of connectors used for this type of charging: J1772 plugs and a Tesla-specific plug. Other than Teslas, all EVs and hybrids use the same standard J-Plug.

The average amount of time it takes to charge a battery from empty to full on a Level 1 charger is between 11 and 20 hours. Thus, if you drive a substantial amount each day, you may have difficulty keeping your EV charged.

Most EV batteries can do 200 miles or more, so if you only drive about 50 miles per day, you should be able to get by with this basic charger. However, if you do a lot of driving on the weekend, you may find yourself struggling to get the charge back up. A single week of heavy driving can make it difficult to get your battery back to full.

If you’re finding that your Level 1 charger just isn’t getting the job done, our team at Mr. Electric of Cranberry Township can install a Level 2 charger in your home.

Level 2 Chargers

A level 2 charger requires a 240-volt outlet, which most homes in Cranberry Township, PA don’t have. If your home was built within the last couple of years, you may be in luck—it’s much more common for new builds to have higher volt outlets, making this EV charger installation a piece of cake. With a level 2 charger, most EV drivers find they only need about 4 to 8 hours of charging to get a full battery. This means that you should easily be able to fully charge your vehicle overnight.

This is the type of EV charging station that we can install for homeowners. To install a Level 2 charger, we’ll need to run a dedicated circuit from your electrical panel to the location you’d like your charging station installed in. For many homeowners, this is in their garage. Depending on how much space your panel currently has, you may need a panel upgrade.

During your EV charger installation service appointment, your electrician will take the following steps:

  • Perform a comprehensive inspection of your current electrical system, panel and equipment
  • Upgrade your panel to include a new 240-volt circuit including 8-AWG wiring. This is needed to support your Level 2 charger.
  • Installation of EVSE equipment according to national and state electrical codes and standards.
  • Test equipment to ensure it works properly.
  • Explain all the features, functions and correct usage of your new system. Your service professional will also be happy to answer any questions you have. Once you’re confident you know how to use and maintain your new system, they’ll clean up after themselves and leave you with your new Level 2 charging station. 

Level 2 chargers are also a great option for commercial properties. In Pennsylvania, providing public access to these chargers comes with a fairly substantial rebate. Installing a charger on non-governmental property will get you a rebate of up to $4,000 per port, or 70 percent of the total cost of the installation. Multi-unit dwellings such as apartment buildings can get up to $3,500 per port, or 50 percent of the total cost.

Level 3 Chargers

Level 3 chargers can bring your battery up to full in an impressive 30 minutes. Unlike Level 1 and 2 chargers, Level 3 chargers use 3 different plugs: CHAdeMO, Combined Charging System (CCS) and Tesla’s plug. Because these require an industrial level of power—between 400 and 900 volts—it is not possible to install them in your home. With an upfront cost of tens of thousands of dollars, you probably wouldn’t want to anyway.

Our team of professional electricians can install both Level 2 and Level 3 stations for our commercial customers. Between rebates and usage rates, you can recuperate the upfront installation cost in less time than you’d think.

How Do I Know If EV Charger Installation Is Right For Me?

For EV or Hybrid Plug-In Owners

Some of the reasons that owners of EVs or hybrids may wish to invest in a Level 2 charger installation include:

  • Convenient location. Having to drive somewhere to charge your EV takes time out of your day. Because there aren’t many locally available EV charging stations in Cranberry Township, you may need to wait in line to use a charging station, adding even more time on top of the charging time itself. By installing an EV charger at your home, you can spend more time on other priorities in your day.
  • Security. Because Level 2 chargers still take a few hours to charge, most EV owners will leave their vehicles at a public charging station while they do their errands. This can cause worry about theft, vandalism and hail damage. With a Level 2 charger in your home, your EV can reach full charge in the safety of your garage.
  • Power level. For most EV drivers, a Level 1 charger just doesn’t cut it. A Level 2 charger will prevent you from having to worry about powering enough miles of range the night before an important business trip. On the other hand, if you have a hybrid with a much smaller battery, you may find that a Level 1 charger is all you need.

For Commercial Property Owners

An EV charger installation in Cranberry Township, PA may be right for your business. If you’re looking to improve your reputation as a company that is a part of the fight against greenhouse gas emissions or are looking to attract new customers to your business, a Level 2 charger is worth considering.

Level 3 EV charger installation can also be a business move in and of itself. Many businesses charge the public for Level 3 EV use. As EV ownership continues to increase over the next few years, you may be able to build a successful business off of EV charging alone.

Why Work With Mr. Electric of Cranberry Township?

Since 1994, Mr. Electric has expanded to many locally owned and operated franchises across the country, one of which is Mr. Electric of Cranberry Township. We attribute our success to our commitment to providing our community with outstanding customer service and quality work provided by fully licensed electricians. All of our service providers undergo rigorous background checks, show up at your door in a uniform and branded vehicle and will be courteous and respectful of you and your home.

To make your experience with us as best as it possibly can be, we offer convenient, scheduled appointment times, upfront pricing and guaranteed workmanship and parts. By being transparent about the cost of our services, you’ll know exactly what to expect and have peace of mind in knowing that you’re backed by our quality guarantee.

EV Charger Installation FAQs

How Much Does It Cost To Install An EV Charging System in Cranberry Township, PA?

There are several factors that go into determining the project costs of a Level 2 EV charging station in your home or business. According to research conducted in May 2022, a Level 2 system has an average unit and installation cost of $1,100 to $8,200, but this price can be much higher depending on the type of system you choose.

Though installation costs may seem high, remember that you can get rebates for installation. Installing a private system also eliminates having to pay to use a public station, which will save you money in the long run.

What Size Panel Do I Need For An EV Charger?

Most Level 2 chargers require about 30 to 50 amps of electrical current. If you have a 100-amp panel, you’re probably going to need to upgrade to a 200-amp panel. This is because other appliances in your home will likely already be using most of that current.

When you contact us for EV charger installation in Cranberry Township, PA, we’ll inspect your current electrical system to determine whether any upgrades are needed.

Can I Power A Level 2 EV Charger With Solar Energy?

Theoretically? Yes. The feasibility of this will depend on how much you drive. The more you drive, the more solar panels you’ll need, and unless you live on an acreage, you may not have enough space for all these panels.

A more likely scenario would be to partially charge your EV with solar energy. This would undoubtedly lower your monthly electricity bill, but if you don’t currently have solar panels installed, keep in mind that getting these installed has a high upfront cost.

Can I Install A Level 2 Charger At My Home On My Own?

No. Because changes to your electrical system must be made to install a Level 2 charger, this will need to be done by a licensed electrician who is knowledgeable about electrical codes. By attempting this on your own, you could end up putting yourself, your family and your home at risk.

Our team at Mr. Electric of Cranberry Township is fully licensed and insured. We’ll complete your EV charger installation according to the highest safety standards.

How Long Does It Take To Install An EV Charger?

The length of time required to complete an EV charger installation will vary from project to project. If you already have a 240-volt outlet in your garage, the installation will be fairly quick—about two hours or less. However, if you need a new dedicated 240-volt circuit, the process will take a little longer.

At the beginning of your service appointment, your electrician will take the time to outline the process and the projected timeline. If something comes up midway through the appointment that will set your electrician back, they’ll make sure to keep you updated. We’re committed to providing our customers with upfront pricing, so you’ll never be shocked by the number on your invoice at the end of your appointment.

An electric vehicle charger installed in a home by Mr. Electric of Cranberry Township Contact Us Today To Schedule Your EV Charging Installation Service Appointment!

Think our EV charger installation service could be right for you? Mr. Electric of Cranberry Township has you covered. In addition to Cranberry Township, we’re proud to serve many of the surrounding communities, including Allison Park and Butler. If you’re still on the fence, check out our amazing customer testimonials on our services.

Whether you’re ready to set up an appointment right away or still have further questions, get in touch with our friendly customer service team by phone at 412-228-3290. You can also fill out our online service request form with details about your project needs, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your needs and pricing. We look forward to hearing from you soon!