Demand for electric vehicles (EV) is on the rise around the world, and Northern Virginia is no exception. With improved technology, wider availability and more widely-available EV charging stations along the way, consumers and businesses that manage business fleets are bringing more electric vehicles into service every day. And with those electric vehicles, the demand for home electric car chargers and business electric car charging stations are increasing as well. Here, we will cover what you need to know about the EV charging installation service you’ll need to plug in safely and effectively.
Never try to install an EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) by yourself. As with any other electrical work you need to have done at your home or office, you should always rely on your Licensed electrician to do the work properly, safely and up to current code. Your electrician will need to check the wiring and establish that you have the proper circuitry installed to ensure safe and effective operation of the electric car charger. Although this may seem more expensive up front, the electric vehicle charging outlet installation service provided by Electrified llc will keep you and your home and electric vehicle safe and prevent more expensive problems down the line. In fact, your electric car warranty, and the EV charger warranty may be voided if the EVSE is not properly installed by a licensed electrician in the first place, so don’t risk your safety over this!
Although there are more EV charging stations emerging across Northern Virginia, it can be hard to find a public one that’s free when you need it. That’s why it’s important, if you are thinking of buying an electric car, to settle the details of installing an electric car charging station at your home ahead of time, particularly for the model of car you plan to purchase. If you have a reliable EV charger at home, you can ensure that most of your daily electric car charging needs are met, reducing your reliance on outside options. We recommend that you ask your car dealer about the type of EV charger your target car would do best with, for there are many different models of electric car chargers out there. In fact, many electric cars now come with their own EVSE upon purchase. For instance, if you get a Tesla, you’ll want to install a Tesla charger. Some of the other electric cars out there that you might be looking into include:
Keep in mind that this list will continue to grow as time goes on, and there will continue to be developments in models of electric car chargers as well.
There are currently 3 types of EV charging stations. The type of EV charger you need depends on the type of vehicle you’re charging:
For most homeowners with an electric vehicle, you’ll need to have a Level 2 EVSE installed on a dedicated circuit that can provide 20-100 amps. In other words, the circuit should handle the same type of 240-volts that most other major appliances require, such as a clothes dryer, washing machine, refrigerator or electric oven. Your electrician will need to check that you have enough circuits available, and to install one if you don’t already have enough. If you live in an older home, you may also need some other electrical upgrades to prevent any fire or shock risks.
Yes, you can. In fact, Electrified llc can install your EVSE port either indoors or outdoors, convenient to the location where you normally park the car. If you move, the EV charger can be moved to your new home. If your new home is still here in Northern Virginia, our licensed electricians should also check that your new home has the correct circuits and wiring installed, and that your home’s electrical system is safe for plugging in and charging your electric car.
CONTACT ELECTRIFIED LLC today to discuss your electric car charging installation needs, whether you need a Level 2 EVSE installed at home, or you run a business that needs Level 3 charging stations for a fleet or for your customers: (703) 399-1739