Putting an EV Charger installation in your garage can be an easy task if you know what you need to do so. First, working with a licensed electrician such as Vantage West will ensure you meet local standards and have the most cost-effective system in place to meet your needs.
Level 1 charging systems can be plugged into your regular house outlet. These can be floor or wall mounted. Having a spot to do this in your garage will make it easy to park and plug in! However, these systems often require over 20 hours to reach a full charge so are not very efficient options, especially if you consistently drive long distances. If you do use your electric vehicle more often, then you will want to consider a level 2 electric car charger installation.
Level 2 systems offer more charge per hour, often getting 112 km of range per hour. While this drastically shortens your charge time, it also requires special equipment to install and can cost between $1000 and $2500 depending on your current system. This type of system requires 240V which needs to travel to your unit from your breaker. Doubling the circuit voltage requires 2 120V buses, which might require switching out your breaker box to ensure compatibility in the interface, or you may just need to add a double-pole breaker. Either way, this can cause damage to your electrical system if not done properly.
You will also need to mount your EV Charger unit in the garage in a location where it can easily attach to your car. Since there is considerable risk involved with installing a level 2 EV car charging unit, you should have a professional electrician complete your electric car charger installation. Otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your electrical system. You will also need to have a professional inspect your installation and issue a permit.
Getting an electric car charger installation in your garage will allow you access to the most convenient way to charge your EV.