It’s clear that the world is entering a new era in terms of transportation. The capabilities of electric vehicles are increasing, so we are now seeing more of them on the road. In spite of being economical and efficient, it is not always easy to charge an electric car. But, one thing that every EV owner needs is a charger for their car at home and even at their business location.
Are you looking forward to owning an electric vehicle, but you just don’t see how charging your car at home could work for you and your family? Perhaps you already own an electric vehicle but it is usually parked in your garage due to the lengthy charging time? Are you searching the Internet to locate reliable EV charger installers in your area? Well, you certainly have come to the right place.
Two Brothers Electrical can install an EV charger at your home or business, allowing you to charge your electric car.
A home electric vehicle charging station, also known as a residential charging station or EVSE, is an object that supplies electric energy to a plug-in electric car.
In general, there are three types of residential electric car charging stations. We recommend Level 2 chargers for home use. Never Level 1. Level 3 might be an option for homes but is generally reserved for commercial use.
Our experts will help you select the perfect brand and model of Level 2 charger based on your vehicle and your home. As an additional benefit, Level 2 chargers allow you to recharge your electric vehicle over several hours, so you can always charge your vehicle quickly and conveniently.
A Level 2 charger will charge your vehicle at the rate of 10 to 20 miles usage per hour of charge time. This is ideal for a home. You could even forget to charge your car when you wake up at 6am and need to be out of the door at 8am and in that time have 20 to 40 miles of usage with your car. Plenty of distance before you need to charge again. If you charge your car overnight you will always have a full charge in the morning.
For the most part Level 1 chargers shouldn’t even be a consideration. In fact, if you buy this charger it’s a plug-and-play device. It uses a normal wall outlet. As a result, it can take one hour of charge time to get five to ten miles out of your car depending on the model. For most people, this is just not realistic unless you never plan to drive far and are willing to not use your car until it’s charged overnight.
Level 3 chargers are generally reserved for commercial use. They are fast! You can get 40 to 50 miles out of a 10-minute charge. They generally can’t be installed in homes due to the power requirements. If you can install it in your home you will generally need a panel upgrades as well. On occasion, we do this installation for those EV enthusiasts who need all the features and can’t live without them.
For the most part, we install Level 3 chargers at commercial properties where the businesses management is providing an EV charging station for their staff. We can even make sure that if you have a generator installed on your property it can be used to charge your EV.
This is a standard 120-volt wall outlet and offers up to 5 miles of range per hour.
Ideal Use – Overnight charging for average daily driving. A good option for plug-in hybrids because of their smaller batteries. Keep one in your car for unexpected charging needs.
This is the most commonly available public charger. It usually gets around 25 miles of range per hour but can go as high as 60 miles of range per hour depending on the car and equipment.
Ideal Use – Quick charging at home or at work. Can be used for overnight charging.
Apart from determining whether you should install a Level 1, Level 2, or DC (Level 3) charging port, you must also consider the following:
Type of plug and connector – It is determined by the type of vehicle. It’s obvious that if you have a Tesla, you’ll choose the original Tesla connector. There is also the SAE J1772, which is the standard plug for most American cars. It is compatible with both Level 1 and Level 2 charging. For fast charging, you can also select CHAdeMO.
Other things that you should consider include whether the charger will be hardwired or plugged in. EV chargers that deliver more than 40 amps need to be hardwired to ensure that the unit is directly connected to your power supply. You should also consider the cost of the equipment and the location for installation.
The availability of a charger at one’s home or work allows for “opportunity charging”, which is charging a vehicle during the hours that an owner would not otherwise be using it. This provides several benefits, including: increased all-electric range in day-to-day use, reduced fuel usage and charges about 30% faster than a standard 110 V outlet. Also, this allows for a full charge overnight when demand for power is lowest.
We’ll lead your EV charging installation with the help of experienced team members from Two Brothers Electrical. Our team will provide an evaluation of the site, including traffic patterns, electrical infrastructure needs and compliance issues, parking operations, and sustainability priorities to ensure your EV charging implementation is successful.
It is likely that the more attractive your EV charging installation is, the longer it will last. Keep equipment running at optimal efficiency with preventative maintenance from Two Brothers Electrical, including proactive repairs, software monitoring, green equipment cleaning, and life cycle management.
Having a plan to protect your electric vehicle charging assets will reduce capital risk. By working with our electricians, you will avoid the high and unpredictable costs associated with reactive electrical repairs and replacements and keep EV charging assets ready and reliable. Let us show you how our warranties and comprehensive service programs can help you control costs and maximize returns on your EV charging investment.
The advantages of owning an electric vehicle include a reduced cost on gas over the long-term as well as better environmental performance. For installation of an EV charger at your residence or business, manufacturers typically recommend that you hire a trained electrician. While you could simply plug your vehicle into an electrical outlet (Level 1 charger), this is not the most efficient way to charge your vehicle and could unnecessarily increase the demands on your electrical system.
We have the following steps in our installation process:
When one thinks of the various EV models out there the first name that comes to mind is Tesla. In fact a lot of people don’t even know there are other options other than a Tesla. Tesla has done a great job at capturing the market. But, there is more than Tesla out there and can help with them.
The short answer is we support all of them! If you have an electric car and need a charging station we can help with your EV charger installation for the models below and any other on the market.
Two Brothers Electrical provides top-of-the-line electric vehicle charging stations along with high-quality installations to home and business owners. Our mission is to build the infrastructure electric vehicles will need as they become more mainstream, and to help our clients reduce their negative impact on the environment while living more conveniently.
Our licensed electricians are highly trained and experienced and are capable of handling any electric vehicle charging station installation job in a safe and professional manner. In case you have any problems with an EV charging station, we also provide service, repairs, and replacements. As a company, we guarantee your satisfaction with all the work we perform and the products we provide, and we are eager to assist you. Contact us now!
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