If you invest in an electric car, you must have two things:
- Dedicated parking spot
- Hardwired electric car charger installation
Ideally, your dedicated parking place will be inside your personal garage. If your dedicated parking space is outside, Jim Gorzelandy of myev.com says, “You’ll want to have an electrician install a hardwired charging station, which is also called electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE). You’ll need to have it attached to either an external wall or a freestanding pole.”
The outdoor-rated unit your local electrician will install will be all-weather safe.
FAQs: Electric Car Charger Installation in Phoenix
Q: Can I charge my car with the standard electrical outlets in my garage?
A: Your electric car will come with a Level 1, 120-volt charger that you can plug into a standard electrical outlet. Most electric car owners quickly discover it takes too long (about 16 hours) and causes problems with household appliances. A Level 2 charging solution is better. If your daily commute is 50 miles, your charging time will be about 2 hours.
Q: Can I do a Level 2 electric car charger installation myself?
A: Sure. As with almost everything, the DIY (do-it-yourself) instructions for installing a Level 2 charger are on the internet.
But it’s truly a bad idea. Some of our friends and neighbors (like you) here in Maricopa County begin blowing fuses after a DIY electric car charger installation, and they must call us anyway.
It’s simply safer and easier to have a licensed, local, professional electrician check your amperage, inspect your circuit breaker panel (and upgrade if necessary), and make sure your power grid has enough voltage. In fact, it’s an even better idea to have this kind of inspection before you invest in your electric car.
Q: What is “plugless” power for electric cars?
A: Remember that day you forgot to charge your car? It wasn’t pretty. If you’re already tired of cables and plug-ins for your electric car, you should consider a wireless charge. It’s simply a better electric car experience because it “eliminates thinking about charging,” said one website.
Most of the electric cars driven today don’t have built-in wireless charging compatibility, so you may need that installed on your car. Wireless charging also requires induction coils, a circuit board installation, and a dedicated electrical connection (15 watts or less). Your family electrician will provide a wireless electric car charger installation service.
Q: What is a Level 3 electric car charger installation?
A: DC Fast Charging is what you’ll use at public charging stations. They may be installed on commercial and industrial properties and are not for residential electric car charging.
Turn It On Electric Is Committed to the Future of Phoenix Families
Electric cars could contribute to a 38% increase in electrical use by 2050. While there are challenges, the future of electricity for our nation’s communities looks good. Headlines like “Electric Cars Challenge State Power Grids” may appear worrisome but some are eager to embrace the growth opportunity. Our Turn It On Electric team looks forward to electrical challenges and opportunities.
If you have questions about electric lifestyle solutions for your home or commercial property, contact TIO Electric.