The article throws light on the tips that must be kept in mind by people while installing electric car charger at home safely.
Have you finally decided to go green? Switching to an electric car is a big decision and congrats on that! Or maybe, you don’t want to regularly visit the gas stations anymore! No matter what the reason is, getting an electric car charger installed at home can be a nerve wrecking and daunting process. Once you invest in an electric car, you also might need to make the second purchase in the form of an Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE). This might seem a complicated work, but the decision of getting an electric car is great, as these cars are better for the planet, quieter and lower maintenance than petrol/diesel cars.
The electric cars can be easily charged as public charging stations, present at a lot of places. Some are free and some might charge a small fee. But you might want to avoid all such hassles, and simply own a wall charging station at your home to charge the vehicle any time you wish to. Whether it is a 240 volt outlet for electric car, or something else, you should consider certain things before calling the electrician.
Installing the electric car charger
Whether you stay in a home, villa or apartment, just getting the car charger installed in your property makes your life much simpler and easier. Much faster than the public charging points, this would be of utmost convenience to your life. the home chargers are normally of 16-amps or 32-amps and can charge an electric vehicle completely in 3.5 hours. Just get in touch with a reputed and reliable electrician to get everything done properly.
Understand the cost that will be incurred
Before you begin your work for the installation, have some knowledge about the cost of the charger that would be incurred. The charger’s cost would depend upon the amperage, cord length and utility features that you choose. Though this package doesn’t include the installation, there are some manufacturers who offer free installation or a discount with the purchase.
Mostly, the car chargers are to be permanently installed in your homes, and hence the whole thing becomes a hassle when you deice to move elsewhere. Thus, you have two options: wither purchase a unit that is portable, or make the permanent unit portable. You can ask your electrician to first install NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association)14-50 outlet and then they can put the EVSE next to it and plug it in. This is a good way to get things done when you choose portability. The NEMA 14 50 Tesla is a recommended one for the car owners, and every set up should be taken care of by certified electricians.
Select a type
Mostly, all EV and Plug-ins use a SAE-standard J1772 plug, expect Tesla. Now if you want to install the set up outside, the model should have NEMA rating of at least 4X. Also, the correct car charger plug is important.
The amperage and cord length
For the most common level 2 charger, they come in two amperages: 16 or 30 amps. If you want maximum speed and universality, it is recommended to go for 30mps. Also, for the 30-amp unit, be sure to get a 40-amp circuit breaker for more effectivity.
Before deciding on the cord length, don’t forget to measure the distance between your car’s outlet to where you want to install your unit. A 16-18-foot cord is quite fine, and can be opted.
Don’t forget to consult the electrician
Most importantly, installing the EVSE would definitely require the professional assistance of a reliable, certified, experienced and licensed electrician. There are major tasks that need to be done before the installation, from extending your home’s wiring to your garage, to reinforcing it, so that you can make sure that your house can safely support the load of charging an EV or Plug-in.