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Residential EV Charger Installation

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Did you know that over 85% of electric car charging is performed at home? So if you own a plug-in vehicle (either pure electric or hybrid), you should strongly consider EV home charger installation.

Charging your electric vehicle at home is so simple you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. If you have questions about residential EV charging stations in the St. Louis area, you’ve come to the right place.

Today, we’ll talk about the basics of residential EV chargers:

  • Why install an electric vehicle charging station?
  • What’s the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 charging?
  • How long does it take to charge an EV?

Why Install an Electric Vehicle Charging Station?

A residential EV charging station (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment or EVSE) gives homeowners the capability of charging electric vehicles at their residence. However, if you live in an apartment, park on the street or in a separate parking garage, home electric car charging stations will probably not work for you.

Home EV charging stations are:

  • Convenient: Charge your car while you’re at home during the day or overnight

  • Affordable: No additional equipment necessary for slow charging

  • Fast: In some situations, you can recharge your EV in just a few hours

Level 1 and Level 2 Charging Stations: What’s the Difference?

Charge levels refer to the speed and capacity at which vehicles can be charged. First, let’s talk about the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations.

  • Level 1 EV Charger

    Level 1 Charging Stations

    Most plug-in vehicles come equipped with a Level 1 charging cord that plugs directly into a standard household 3-prong, 120-volt outlet. Therefore, electric cars do not require special equipment for recharging at home.

    However, Level 1 charging is slow, typically providing about five miles of range per charge hour. Therefore, level 1 chargers are best suited for hybrid vehicles, low-mileage, in-town driving and limited electric ranges.

  • Level 2 EV Charger

    Level 2 Charging Stations

    Level 2 charging uses charging cords compatible with 240-volt outlets, typically used for large household appliances like electric clothes dryers. Level 2 chargers are more expensive and require installation by a professional electrician.

    Level 2 charging is much faster than Level 1, typically providing 12 to 80 miles of range per charge hour. Since fully electric vehicles don’t use backup fuel, you must have sufficient charge to get you where you need to go. Therefore, Level 2 chargers are better suited to these vehicles.

    There are two types of Level 2 chargers: wall-mounted and portable. Wall connectors are larger and more powerful, charging batteries faster. Portable chargers are just that -- portable! If you charge at various locations or intend to move, portable chargers are a good choice. However, they do charge vehicles more slowly than wall-mounted chargers.

    Note: Level 3, or DC Fast Charging, is the type of charging seen at many commercial charging stations. While it is currently the fastest charging level, it’s not suitable nor used in homes due to exorbitant cost and strain on local power grid usage.

How Long Does It Take to Charge an EV?

How long it will take to charge your electric car fully depends on three primary factors:

  • Your vehicle’s charge capacity (how large the battery is)
  • How depleted your EV’s battery is
  • The type of charging station you have

Level 1 charge time takes the longest, typically providing about five miles of range per charge hour, meaning an EV with a 200-mile range could take 40 hours to charge fully. However, most plug-in hybrid vehicles have a limited electric range and can charge completely in less than five hours using a Level 1 charger.

Level 2 charging is much faster than Level 1, typically providing 12 to 80 miles of range per charge hour, meaning an EV with a 200-mile range could fully charge within 12 hours.

Choose Brda Electric For Your EV Home Charging Station Installation

Are you ready to harness the power of EV charging at home? Finding a licensed electrician for EV home charger installation just got easier -- choose Brda! At Brda Electric, our team is highly knowledgeable in residential electric vehicle charging station installation.

When you need top-notch service in the St. Louis area, Brda Electric is here to help.

Why Choose Brda Electric for Your Residential EV Charger Installation?

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