Choosing The Right Home EV Charger for Your Needs

by | Jan 12, 2023 | 0 comments |

Charging your electric vehicle at home is convenient, especially when you upgrade to a Level 2 home charger. You can add around 12 to 60 miles per hour of charging. It helps to ensure you get the most out of your electric vehicle on short and long trips.

While charger compatibility is rarely an issue unless you are driving a Tesla. These EVs are only compatible with Tesla chargers. Before you installing a home charger let’s look at your options. Choosing a home charger doesn’t always mean choosing the fastest one.

Tips on Choosing a Home EV Charger

 

Speed

Your requirements for charging speed depend on your driving range needs. Most EV drivers, charging at home, use Level 2 home chargers. These units run off of a 240V outlet, think of your stove or clothes dryer. These chargers typically give you around 25 miles per hour of charging.

Our Level 2 home chargers offer you commercial charging speeds in your home. As a bonus, Apogee Charging Solutions has certified electricians across the U.S. that can install your home EV charger quickly and safely. 

Supply

The National Electrical Code requires an electrical circuit to be rated for 25% greater amperage than your charger’s output. If you are using a 40-amp Level 2 charger, your circuit breaker must be rated for 50 amps or higher.

Talking to an electrician will help you determine if your home has the available amps for an EV charger. If you do not have an unused circuit breaker, the electrical panel may require an upgrade.

Location

It’s always best to install the home EV charger close to the electrical panel. An electrician may need to install a conduit from the panel to the charger, and it does increase installation costs.

You can easily charge multiple EVs with a home charger placed close to the garage door. You also want to consider the weather if you are planning on charging your vehicle outdoors.

Safety & Reliability

Charging at home doesn’t need to come with safety concerns when you choose a unit that is certified. It means the charger is tested and rated safe for home use. It also means energy usage is reduced.

Consider getting a wall-mounted station to keep charging cables out of the way. Don’t forget about warranties and support in the event something goes wrong with the charging unit.

Savings

Utilities often have plans that allow you to save money during off-peak hours. Some utilities also offer grants and rebates for charging at home. These incentives often require WiFi connectivity, so check the EV charger before purchasing.

Cost

Home EV chargingv comes at a cost. The average price for a home charger ranges from $500 to $900. It’s around half of what you pay annually to fuel a gas-powered vehicle.

Home EV chargers are worth the investment. They come with warranties and support services. You can also expect over 20 years of use, which allows the charger to pay for itself over time.

Level 2 Home Chargers from Apogee Charging Solutions

Now that you know a little more about choosing a home EV charger, talk to one of our experts to help you select the right one. Call 484-816-2076, email info@apogeecharging.com, or you can schedule a call that fits your needs by clicking the button below.

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