Get EV Charger Installed: Your Guide to Home Charging Solutions

Modern electric vehicle charging at a Level 2 station in a home driveway, with a serene suburban background at dusk

Electric vehicles (EVs) are paving the way to a greener future, and having an EV charger installed at home is the next step in embracing this eco-friendly lifestyle. Here’s everything you need to know about getting an EV charger installed, ensuring you’re equipped with the right home charging solution.

Why Install an EV Charger at Home?

Convenience: Charge overnight and wake up to a fully charged vehicle every morning. Cost Savings: Home charging is generally cheaper than public charging stations. Increase in Property Value: Homes with EV chargers are attractive to future buyers.

Choosing the Right Charger

There are two main types of home EV chargers:

  • Level 1 Chargers: Use a standard 120V outlet. They’re slower but don’t require special installation.
  • Level 2 Chargers: Use a 240V outlet and charge much faster, but they usually require professional installation.

The Installation Process

  1. Assessment: Have a professional evaluate your home’s electrical system to ensure it can support a Level 2 charger.
  2. Selecting a Charger: Choose a charger based on your vehicle’s compatibility, charging speed preference, and budget.
  3. Hiring a Professional: Ensure the installer is certified and experienced with EV charger installations.

Costs to Consider

  • Charger Price: Ranges from $200 to $700, depending on the model and features.
  • Installation Cost: Varies based on electrical upgrades needed and labor, but expect to pay between $500 and $2,000.

Maximizing Your Charging Experience

  • Smart Chargers: Consider a smart charger for features like scheduling and tracking energy usage.
  • Government Incentives: Look for federal, state, or local incentives to offset installation costs.

Maintenance and Safety

  • Routine Checks: Regularly inspect your charging station and cables for any signs of wear.
  • Follow Manufacturer Guidelines: Ensure safe usage by adhering to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Conclusion

Installing an EV charger at home is a significant but worthwhile investment for EV owners. It not only adds convenience and potential savings but also contributes to a sustainable future. By selecting the right charger and opting for professional installation, you can enjoy the benefits of home charging with peace of mind.

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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. 

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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