The Rise of Home EV Charger Installation

Electric home EV charger charging an electric car.

Electric vehicles are on the rise, gaining more popularity as consumers are becoming more environmentally friendly. The Department of Energy found 80 percent of EV owners charge at home, especially overnight. Electric vehicles rely on electric charging stations for fuel and aim to reduce one’s carbon footprint. The increased demand for electric vehicles means home EV charging stations are a necessity. Investing in an at home EV charging station will fruit many long-term benefits, including your cost savings. The team at Milton Electric is ready to educate you on expert home EV charger installation tips and benefits. 

Home EV Chargers: How Do They Work?

Installing an electric charging station at home is quite simple. Working with an experienced electrician to install your EV charging station will ensure a smooth process. EV charger installations require expert knowledge of a home's electrical system and the types of EV chargers. First, the electrician will inspect your electrical panel and evaluate if any additional wiring is required for your EV charging station. Installation time varies but can usually be accomplished in a few hours. EV chargers use electrical currents from outlets to transfer electricity to power up your vehicle.  

Navigating the Levels of EV Charging

There are three charge levels for EV chargers, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3: 

  • Level 1 EV chargers are the most basic chargers. These plug into a standard 120-volt AC outlet. Though these Level 1 EV Chargers are the most cost-efficient chargers, they also take the longest to charge your vehicle. Level 1 chargers are recommended for those who travel short distances. 
  • Level 2 EV chargers provide more power and will help charge your vehicle faster than its Level 1 counterpart. Level 2 EV chargers are more convenient for those who drive frequently. Level 2 EV chargers can be installed in homes and on commercial properties for employees using electrical vehicles to travel to work. These chargers are recommended for drivers who are looking for a quick, efficient charge. 
  • Level 3 EV chargers are the fastest chargers and are commonly found at public charging stations. These chargers have an extremely high voltage, making them unsuitable for home usage. Often, these charging devices are suitable for emergency situations for first responders, medical personal, and during natural disasters. Level 3 EV chargers are ideal for those who travel long-distance, live in high-traffic locations, and are in an urban area.  

Advantages of Home EV Charging Stations

Installing your EV charger at home allows for more convenience and provides safety precautions. You will no longer need to charge your electric vehicle at a gas station and wait for long periods of time while your car charges. In addition, compared to gasoline electrical charging stations are more affordable and cost effective. EV chargers increase your properties overall value and are a renewable energy option. EV chargers are a great environmentally friendly option for those looking to go green.

You may even be able to save money! States and the federal government offer an array of tax credits, rebates, and grants because of your EV charger installation. Currently, all 50 states have incentives. Home EV chargers may even save you money! Maryland currently offers a rebate of 50% on electric vehicle equipment and installation. 

Choose the Best EV Charger with Milton Electric’s Help

Some of the best home EV Charger brands are ChargePoint, Tesla, JuiceBox, and ClipperCreek. These home EV charger brands are known for their reliability and durability. Level 2 EV chargers are the most popular among consumers. They are known for their fast-charging speeds, convenience, and compatibility with most electric vehicles. Level 2 chargers are specifically designed to be easily accessible for residential EV owners. If you are considering installing a home EV charger or have any questions regarding the EV charging process, reach out to Milton Electric today. 

If you’re looking for information or have questions on installation, we recommend scheduling an appointment with an expert electrician to guide your decision. Contact the Milton Electric team at (410) 276-3420 to learn more about installing an EV charging station in your home.

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