Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular. These vehicles are a great way to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions while driving. There are Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations located in many public areas, however it can be helpful to have an EV station at your residence. Here are some things to know about home EV charging stations:
- The technical name for the EV charging station is electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This is the box and connector that are installed in the wall of your garage.
- You can call your electric provider to see if they have any special rates for homes with electric vehicles. Southern California Edison and others provide custom electric vehicle billing programs.
- Take time to do research. There are several options for home EV chargers and stations. You want to make sure you have the best option for your home and your vehicle.
- Hire a certified electrician who is qualified to install home EVSE. The electrician will not only install the station, but can help you decide what amount of amperage you need, the right breakers to install, and the best place locate the station.
- Most ESVE come in two power levels. Level 1 offers the standard household current of 110 or 120 volts. Level 2 offers 220 to 240 volts and charges at a quicker speed.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when looking into home EV charging stations. There is a lot more information that can help you make decisions when it comes to EVSE. Talk with you electric car dealer and your local utility company to get more information. You can also learn more about EVSE from your state’s department of general service.
We have installed several home EV charging stations here in Ventura and Los Angeles County, so call us today for more information or to schedule an appointment!