So you’re thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle. In addition to the traditional elements you have to worry about such as loans and insurance, you know have to consider how you’re going to charge your vehicle. With your electric vehicle, you might not have to worry about finding a gas station but you still need to “fill up” the car. A study has shown that 80% of electric vehicle owners prefer to charge their car at home – it’s convenient and fast. To know what type of charger you need, it’s important to understand how they work.
It’s actually a simple process to charge your vehicle. Just take out the cord from your car or charger and plug it into the car and you’re charging. As with all appliances, not every charger is the same. Some vehicles are fine just plugging them directly into the wall and others require a larger outlet that give it more power. Charging time is also another variable that changes depending on the car and charger.
Right now there are three different types of chargers: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. Level 1 and 2 are mostly found in residential settings and are the most common chargers. Level 3 or DC Fast Chargers are found in commercial and industrial settings.
Level 1 chargers are the simplest. You simply plug it right into a normal 120 V outlet and your charging. There is not required outlet to be installed. Unfortunately, this gives you a very slow charge. You can expect to get about 2 to 5 miles per hour charge.
These are the cheapest option as there’s no need for an additional installation. A simple house outlet will work just fine. Since you get a very slow charge, it’s best to use these overnight to get a fuller charge.
Level 2 chargers are used in both residential and commercial settings. They require an installation of a 240 V outlet – this is the type of outlet your dryer uses. A professional electrician can help you out with this installation.
This type of charger can get your 10 to 60 miles per hour charge. Depending on how much of the battery has been used, you can get a full charge in as little as two hours. The Level 2 charger is perfect for a homeowner who wants to charge faster or a business who wants to offer charging for their employees or customers.
DC Fast Chargers or Level 3 chargers give the faster charge around. Vehicles can get from 60 to 100 miles per hour charge. These chargers are, unfortunately, only found in commercial or industrial settings as they require specialized equipment as well as a highly trained electrician to install.
Even though the process of deciding on an EV charger can be confusing, there are people out there who will help. A professional electrician can assess your situation and give you advice on purchasing the charger. Do your research and find the best one for you.
The Electric Connection of Los Angeles has been installing EV chargers daily for the past few years. We have perfected the installation process and are proud to be in the top three on the Tesla website. If you need an EV charger installed, please contact us.