Electric Vehicle Charger Installation: Boosting Your EV's Performance

"Modern electric vehicle charging from a Level 2 home charger in a driveway at dusk, highlighting efficiency and sustainability."

Installing an electric vehicle (EV) charger at home is like giving your EV a personal power station. It’s all about charging up quickly, conveniently, and efficiently. This guide will walk you through the essentials of EV charger installation and how it can boost your car’s performance, ensuring you make the most out of your electric ride.

Electric Vehicle Charger Installation: Boosting Your EV’s Performance

Why Install an EV Charger at Home?

Charge on Your Schedule

Forget about waiting at public charging stations. With a home charger, you can charge your EV overnight and start each day with a full battery.

Faster Charging

Home chargers, especially Level 2 chargers, can charge your EV much faster than the standard plug-in chargers, reducing charging time from hours to just minutes.

Increase Your EV’s Range

Regular, efficient charging at home ensures your battery is in top condition, helping maintain or even increase your vehicle’s range.

Types of Home EV Chargers

Level 1 Chargers

  • Plug & Play: Uses a standard household outlet.
  • Speed: Slow, adding about 3-5 miles of range per hour.

Level 2 Chargers

  • Needs Installation: Requires a 240V outlet (like for dryers).
  • Speed: Fast, adding about 12-80 miles of range per hour.

Installation Tips

Hire a Pro

A certified electrician can install your charger safely and ensure it meets local codes and regulations.

Check Your Electric Panel

Make sure your home’s electric panel can handle the extra load of a Level 2 charger. Some homes may need an upgrade.

Consider the Location

Install your charger where you park your EV to make charging easy and convenient.

The Cost

  • Level 1 Charger: Often comes with your EV, so no extra cost unless you want a second one.
  • Level 2 Charger: Costs range from $300 to $600 for the charger plus $500 to $2,000 for installation.

Boosting Performance

Regular charging with a home EV charger keeps your battery in good shape, which is crucial for maintaining your EV’s performance. A well-maintained battery means a longer life for your EV and better range on a single charge.

Conclusion

Installing an EV charger at home is a game-changer for any electric vehicle owner. It’s not just about convenience; it’s about maximizing your EV’s performance, range, and lifespan. By choosing the right charger and getting a professional installation, you can ensure your EV is always ready to go, fully charged, and performing at its best.

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  • Rapid

    DC charging

    Every vehicle is plugged in.

    Now any specific car can be charged in minutes rather than hours on slow AC charging. A game-changer for drivers and operations teams. 

  • Every space

    EV ready

    DockChain makes it possible, and affordable, to make every space in a car park ready for EV charging. Give certainty to drivers that there will be a charging bay available and remove the operational cost and hassle moving cars on and off chargers. 

  • Customer experience

    Tethered cables make it convenient for users. CCS cables to match the industry standard for high powered DC charging. Charging session authorisation can be configured to operator requirements (app enabled, RFID, open use, etc.)

  • Ease of

    Installation

    DockChain reduces ground works required for installation. Chain cables run in a shallow trench, wall mount, or lay in a cable tray to reach every parking space. The power supply cabinet connects and can be positioned in a convenient location at your site.

  • Scale & upgrade

    DockChain is flexible allowing you to increase the number of charging Docks as demand increases. E.g. Enable 10 spaces, then easily double this in the future. DockChain can be upgraded too, allowing larger capacity additions in the future without upheaval to any existing installation.

  • Battery

    cost savings

    With DockChain's rapid DC charging, a fleet operator could shift from purchasing larger capacity battery vehicles to more affordable smaller capacity ones as rapid turnaround makes it operationally possible to top-up frequently without impacting operations. Ideal for distribution/ delivery firms.

  • Charge when power is

    cheaper & greener

    Charging several EVs makes you a high electricity user subject to fluctuating grid prices. Slow AC charging requires constantly charging to complete in the  available time. DockChain's DC power enables more flexible timing of charging so you can put more kilowatts in your EVs at lower prices.

  • System integration

    DockChain can be stand-alone or fully integrated to your existing IT infrastructure. Charging can be matched to fleet or booking requirements (E.g. Car Rental / Distribution), integrated to customer systems and payments (e.g. hotel bookings or office parks). Analytics and power management are all configurable. 

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