4 Steps to Preparing for an Electric Vehicle Home Charger

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Pulling into Driveway

Most North Charleston drivers are so excited for their new EVs that they sometimes forget about preparing an at home electric vehicle charging station. You’ll want to prepare your home for an electric vehicle properly so delivery is as easy as possible. Even if there are several electric vehicle charging stations in Charleston, it’s most convenient to get yourself set up for efficient home charging. Read on for more details with Rick Hendrick Chevrolet.



1. Decide On a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

A major step to prepare your home for an electric vehicle is understanding the different electric vehicle charging batteries, then deciding the type of charger you want to use. As you cruise through Mount Pleasant, you’ll notice a variety of electric vehicle charging stations, but most home chargers are either Level 1 or Level 2. Learn the charging times associated with EV chargers below:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes at least a couple of days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging only takes several hours to fully charge an electric car. You can often get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging!

2. Ready Your Garage

Before you start to build your electric vehicle charging station, clean out or organize your garage! We recommend asking for the delivery date of your electric vehicle then cleaning out the clutter to ensure there is enough space for your EV and the charger when it arrives.

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

Your power panel in your North Charleston home is what distributes electricity throughout the entire house. The current flow is measured in Amperes, but most new homes come with at least a 100-Amp power panel. Once you locate the amperage rating on your main circuit, you will need to assess how much electric energy you consistently use at your house.

Assess this by performing a self-assessment of your electricity use prior to the install of your electric vehicle charging station. This will avoid damage to the electric vehicle charging batteries and electric distribution panel.

4. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

The last and most important step to prepare your home for an electric vehicle is to research and purchase your EV charger then have it installed by an electrician!

Contact Rick Hendrick Chevrolet to Learn More!

We hope this guide will help you prepare your home for an electric vehicle! Contact us at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet with additional questions about EVs. Explore the use of oil in EVs now!


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