EV Charger Installation Services in White Plains, NY
For anyone that has an electric car, like a Tesla, an electric vehicle charger installation can make life so much more convenient. Many electric car drivers wonder where and when they will be able to charge their vehicles. Even though more EV chargers are popping up at gas stations and shopping centers all the time, the most convenient place will always be the one where your car is parked the most…at home!
At Red Star Electric, we offer safe, efficient, Tesla-certified EV charger installation.
When you give us a call, our team will assess your home and its power capabilities, helping you to find the best charger for your needs. We’ll install it quickly and safely in a suitable location.
Level 1 vs. Level 2 Chargers
When it comes to an electric vehicle charger installation, the first consideration is the level of charger that you want. Level 1 and Level 2 chargers can make life easier for electric car owners, but there are several differences between them.
What Are Level 1 Chargers?
Level 1 EV chargers are the standard charger from most manufacturers. A Level 1 charger offers 120 volts of electricity. While a car is plugged in, a Level 1 charger delivers around 3 to 5 miles of range per hour for most electric vehicles.
With a Level 1 charger, owners can expect their vehicle to go from no charge to fully charged in approximately 20 hours.
Although the Level 1 charger is not the quickest, it is reliable and can work for most electric vehicle owners. If your electric vehicle is your primary vehicle for daily use, the time it spends in your garage overnight is typically more than enough to recharge it for the next day. However, for EV owners who want more power, there is another option.
What Are Level 2 Chargers?
Level 2 chargers are less common than Level 1 chargers. Most manufacturers rely on and sell Level 1 chargers. However, Level 2 chargers have a lot to offer electric vehicle owners. These chargers produce double the voltage of their Level 1 counterparts for a total of 240 volts.
When a car is plugged in, a Level 2 charger delivers anywhere from 12 to 60 miles of range per hour. However, this range is limited by the amount of electricity that a vehicle’s onboard charger can take. No matter which charger a homeowner chooses, the vehicle itself is always in control of how much electricity it accepts. This keeps the car from getting damaged, no matter what level of charge is delivered.
Even if your current electric vehicle cannot be charged at the full capability of a Level 2 charger, there is the potential that future electric cars may have a greater capacity.
Considerations for an EV Charger Installation
While choosing a charging level is one of the most important factors in electric vehicle charger installation, it is not the only one for owners to consider.
Almost all Level 2 EV chargers have a power range of 30 to 80 amps. For one electric vehicle, 30 amps are more than enough. But for homes with more than one electric vehicle, a higher amp charger is more appropriate and will work better over time.
As long as a home’s power capability is suitable, a permanent EV charger can be installed almost anywhere. Typically, EV chargers are installed outside of the house or in a garage. The location largely depends on where you want to store your electric vehicle for charging. However, the location can also vary depending on cord length.
A longer cord with an EV charger can potentially save you money. When you’re having an EV charger installed, it is generally cheaper to install it close to your service panel. A further distance increases the amount of work that has to be done during installation.
By installing the charger close to the panel and using a longer charging cord, you can save money and have greater flexibility when it comes to the location in which you store your electric vehicle.
Tesla-Certified EV Charger Installation from Red Star Electric
An in-house EV charger can be a game-changer for an electric vehicle owner. Why rely on the chargers in shopping centers when you can have one in your own home? With an EV charger, you can recharge your electric vehicle overnight, every night. That way, your car is ready to go whenever you are.