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5 Steps to Preparing for an Electric Vehicle Home Charger

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If you’re one of the many Stamford drivers who are considering an electric vehicle, you are likely thinking about the cost savings associated with less maintenance and not having to pay for fuel around Norwalk. Electric vehicles are still finding their groove among drivers, and only the most recent model homes are even considering including charging stations from the get-go. So while you can help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint on emissions with an electric vehicle, there are a few things you have to do to prepare your home for an EV, such as an electric vehicle charging station. So, let’s take a closer look at how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle with Garavel CJDR today and contact us with any questions that you might have.

1. Choose Your Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

You should now begin researching the different types of electric vehicle home chargers. The common electric vehicle charging stations are either Level 1 or Level 2. Let’s take a closer look at these two types below:

  • Level 1 EV charging usually takes a few days to charge an electric car completely.
  • Level 2 EV charging usually only requires a few hours of charging. In most cases, you can get between 100-300 km of range in around 20-30 minutes of charging.

2. Get Your Garage Ready

Next, it’s important to get your garage ready and prepare to install an electric vehicle charging station. Make sure that your garage is clean and ready for your new electric car, especially if it has been used for storage in the past.

3. Locate Your Power Panel

The next step is to locate your power panel in your home to make sure that it’s rated for the proper amount of current flow, which is usually measured in Amperes. If you live in a newer home, you likely have a 100 Amp power panel, however, the amperage should be displayed on the circuit breaker. You’ll then need to figure out how much energy you use throughout your home on a regular basis before you install your electric vehicle charging station.

This is critical, as you want to make sure you’re not overloading your electric panel which can lead to even bigger issues.

4. Hire an Electrician

The next step is to start the work and hire your trusted electrician in the Greenwich area. You should also ask your electrician about any questions you might have about overall power consumption due to EV charging. Another option is for your electrician to install a 240-volt plug or a circuit board that is hardwired to the power panel. This could cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, especially if your power panel needs to be upgraded.

5. Purchase Your Charger & Have it Installed

The final step is to purchase your electric vehicle home charger and have it professionally installed by an electrician that you trust. Now your electric vehicle charging station will be ready, and you can replenish your electric vehicle charging batteries.

Find Your EV Vehicle Today at Garavel CJDR

Now that you know more about electric vehicle charging batteries, as well as how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle, the next step is coming into Garavel CJDR to find your electric vehicle in our new vehicle inventory! Our finance center will discuss payment options with you, as well as help you make sure that you’re getting the best price and all of your electric vehicle rebates before you head home to Bridgeport.


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