How to Charge Your Electric Vehicle at Home

With nearly 120 charging stations in St. George, you don’t have to drive far to find a place to juice up your electric vehicle. However, the most convenient way to operate your EV is to charge it at home.

EV owners have a couple of options to power up their rides. They can plug into a standard wall outlet, or they can upgrade to a Level 2 charger for faster charging. Each deserves careful consideration. Here’s what you need to know.

EV Charging With a Standard Outlet Takes Longer

Most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 EVSE, or electric vehicle supply equipment. It’s a specialized extension cord that includes a standard three-prong plug on one end and the vehicle connector on the other. This makes your car compatible with a household 120-volt, 15-amp outlet. Each hour of charging adds two to five miles of range. Owners of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles should find this sufficient. Leave it charging overnight, and you should have a full battery by morning. Depending on the EV model, you should be able to go 40 to 50 miles on a full charge.

However, Level 1 charging may test the patience of Chevy Bolt owners. It could take well over a day to charge an all-electric vehicle’s big battery.

Level 1 Charging May Require a Dedicated Circuit

Be sure that the receptacle you plug your EV into is on a dedicated branch circuit. In other words, the circuit isn’t also supplying power to any major appliances. You don’t want to discover that your car didn’t charge because a breaker tripped in the middle of the night, so consider having a dedicated circuit installed.

Level 2 Charges Faster, Requires Electrical Upgrade

You’ll need a Level 2 charging station if you want to charge up your vehicle in half the time. Level 2 charging uses 240-volt power, the same as your major appliances. You’ll need special charging equipment and maybe even a larger electrical panel to accommodate the added power demand. For the driver who can’t wait overnight to go long distances on a single charge, Level 2 is the way to go.

For all of your electrical needs, turn to the experts at HedgeHog Electric. Call (866) 605-2113 to schedule your appointment.

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