Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation
Planning installation and maintenance
Electric vehicle ownership is on the rise in Southern California and the most important tool needed to keep your electric vehicle on the road is a good charging station! There are many companies based in Los Angeles that offer electric vehicle charging station installation.
Here are a few tips to consider before selecting the right charging station for your EV
Consider what you want/need: First you want to consider what kind of Electric Vehicle you own. Plug-in or battery? This is going to matter when you consider what level charging station you want, as we will discuss below. Next, consider what is your daily commute and driving habits like? This will help you to know how many hours per day you are going to need your EV operating. Finally, with the help of an electrician you will need to check the electrical infrastructure of your home to make sure you can safely install the charging station.
Do you have a need for speed? Answering all the above questions will help you find out if you need Level 1 or Level 2 charging stations. Most EV’s already come with a standard 120-volt level 1 charging cord that can plug into a standard three prong socket, as long as you determine it is safe to do so with the help of an electrician. Level 1 charging is the slowest method available, taking about 12 to 24 hours depending on battery usage and EV type. Level 2 charging stations are where things get interesting. Upgrading to level 2 means you need to hire an electrician to install this 240-volt charging station in your garage. Charging your EV up to five times faster, the level 2 charging station will get you on the road within 3 to 8 hours depending on battery usage and EV type. When installing a level 2 station, make sure to ask the electrician for a station with enough amps. This will ensure you are getting the most out of your EV charging station. Level 2 stations are also available for outdoor charging (NEMA 3 or NEMA 4) as well as indoor in your garage.
Government Rebates and incentives. All EV owners should check their local municipalities and talk with their tax professionals because you may be in for a good surprise. LADWP has recently announced a $21.5 million rebate program starting March 1, 2016. This program includes rebates for installing charging stations in your home. If you are a resident of LA County you can check their site at https://www.ladwp.com/ev to find out more details and how to apply for rebates.
To get started, you will need a trusted, knowledgeable electrician with experience installing electric vehicle charging station. Whether you are in the planning stage and need to find out more information or already considering hiring an electric vehicle charging station company, we can help! Call us today for a free, no pressure, in home estimate