Austin, TX Electric Car Charging Station Installation
Also known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), an in home electric car charging station installation requires the help of an experienced and licensed electrician for optimal results. Whether you are looking to install a new Tesla Charger, or another brand of electric car charger for your electric or hybrid-electric car, our electricians can help.
Electric cars come equipped with a 120-volt charging cable in order to charge the battery from a standard residential outlet if needed. It works, but is better used as a backup method, especially since this is a slower method of charging than what’s currently available.
Sooner or later, most owners of a battery-electric car will want the faster charging capability of a 240-volt Level 2 charging station, which can charge the battery as much as 4 times faster. This can be easily accomplished with the installation of a new in home car charging station, aka “Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment” (EVSE).
Installation of a new electric car charging system is relatively inexpensive for both the unit, as well as the installation labor, depending upon the location of installation and the unit chosen. The installation will need to be performed according to manufacturer standards with the help of a licensed and experienced electrician.
At Salt Light & Electric, we are experts at all things electric, and have installed many car charging stations for new and experienced electric car owners.
Due to the fact that residential charging is both inexpensive and convenient, the majority of electric vehicle drivers do more than 80% of their charging at home. Usually installed in a garage, charging at home let’s you take advantage of low, stable electricity rates that compare in cost to other home appliance costs.
Installation of an In Home Car Charging Station
The decision for a new charging station comes down to either Level 1 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) or Level 2 EVSE. Level 2 equipment is a little more complex and can raise the overall cost, but provides for faster charging than Level 1.
More about Level 1 and Level 2 EVSE differences…
Level 1 EVSE uses a 120 volt AC plug and does not require any special equipment other than an outlet with a dedicated circuit (much like your home’s washer & dryer) and typically adds 2-5 miles of range per hour.
Level 2 EVSE uses a 240 volt AC plug and does require the installation of new charging equipment as well as a dedicated circuit. This equipment allows for faster charging at between 10-60 miles of range per hour of charging.
For either scenario you choose for your electric car, you should always work with a licensed electrician that has experience installing the needed equipment to keep your car, home & family safe.
Contact Salt Light & Electric today at (512) 956-7842 and we’ll help you find the best solution for your in-home electric car charging station.