How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

2022 Volkswagen ID.4 Charging Port

When purchasing a new electric vehicle (EV), people often overlook the preparation needed to charge it at home. Electric vehicles offer numerous benefits such as reduced carbon footprint and lower maintenance costs, but proper preparation is necessary to ensure your home is ready for it. While there are charging stations in Larksville, home charging will likely be your primary method. Below are five simple steps to prepare your home for a new Volkswagen ID.4.



Step-by-Step: How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Follow these steps when it comes to electric vehicle charging batteries and securing your electric vehicle charging station at home in Lehighton:

  1. Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level): Before taking delivery of your EV, it’s important to decide on the type of charging you’ll want for your home. Most home car charging systems fall into Level 1 or Level 2. Level 1 EV charging is the slowest and can take days to fully charge an electric car, while Level 2 EV charging is faster and can take several hours to fully charge an electric car. You can also opt for Level 2 DC charging which can provide 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes, but it requires special equipment and is usually not used for home charging.
  2. Ready Your Garage: Clear out and organize your garage space in preparation for your EV. This is especially important if you’ve been using your garage as a storage space. You’ll need to make sure there’s enough space for your EV and that it’s easy to access the charging station.
  3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption: You’ll need to locate your home’s power panel and check the amperage rating printed on your main circuit breaker to make sure it can handle the additional load of charging your EV. If your power panel is not rated high enough, you may need to upgrade it. Additionally, you should assess your home’s electricity usage to ensure that you won’t overload your electric distribution panel.
  4. Hire an Electrician: Hire an electrician to install the charging station and handle any necessary electrical upgrades. The electrician can also provide guidance on power consumption and ensure that the installation meets local codes and standards. Installing a dedicated 240-volt plug or hardwired circuit is recommended for Level 2 charging.
  5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed: Once you’ve hired an electrician and decided on the type of charging you’ll use, it’s time to purchase and install your charging station. It’s recommended to have a professional electrician install the charger to ensure it’s properly wired and safe to use.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your home is prepared for the arrival of your EV and that you can charge it safely and efficiently.

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