Want to Charge Your Electric Vehicle at Home? Have EV Home Chargers Installed!
Every day, more car manufacturers are adding electric vehicles to their lineup. Plenty of drivers embrace this trend, buying electric cars of their own.
Are you ready to upgrade to an electric vehicle but hesitating because of the question, "how am I going to charge it quickly?" At RS Martin, we eliminate that question for you. We can install an extremely efficient EV home charger station for your at-home use in just a few hours in most cases.
Whether you are planning to buy an electric car or already have one, we can install a home EV charger that works for your vehicle and charges it quickly. Get in touch with us today to learn more!
What Types of Home EV Chargers Are There?
There are three types of EV chargers available on the market.
Level 1: This charger typically comes with the electric vehicle and is suitable for at-home use immediately. This is a "trickle charge" type of setup suitable for cars that will be parked for a while and can take up to two days for a full charge.
Level 2: Requires installation by skilled electricians for at-home use. Level 2 chargers are capable of charging vehicles fully in about 14 hours.
Level 3: The type of charger you will find at a commercial site or public charging station. These quick chargers offer speedier, shorter charging times ideal for vehicles on long trips, which is why you will more commonly find Level 3 chargers at gas stations or convenience stores.
Currently, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers are the only types you will find in homes. If you want to upgrade to a Level 2 EV home charger, choose one of the EV home charger options from the experts at RS Martin!
Why Choose EV Home Chargers?
EV home charger technology is so new that figuring out what's suitable for your vehicle can be challenging. When you are looking for a high-quality electric car charger for your home, you can trust the experts at RS Martin to help you decide what chargers are best for vehicles. There is an option for all your home EV charging station needs with several charger model options, including wall attachments and pedestal mounts.
EV charging stations are compact and durable, with charging cables in multiple lengths for easy use. They are functional indoors and outdoors, and some models come with network capabilities so you can connect your charger to the WiFi and enjoy enhanced features.
At RS Martin, our expert electricians can install EV charger hardware in your home, making owning an electric vehicle even more convenient than ever before!
FAQs About EV Home Chargers
Because of the newness of electric vehicles, there are plenty of frequently asked questions about how they work, including what charging options are available. Here are some of the common questions we've encountered since we started installing EV chargers!
1. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LEVEL 1 AND LEVEL 2 EV CHARGER?
The two significant differences between these two EV home charger levels are charging speeds and the type of installation required to use them.
When you purchase an electric vehicle, it comes standard with a Level 1 charger cord. This cord can plug into any 120-volt electrical outlet in your home and needs no further installation. However, it would be best to have an electrician inspect your home to ensure that your electrical systems can handle charging an electric vehicle. Level 1 EV chargers are a slow-to-charge option, but they come standard with the vehicle. So, you will always have some way to charge your car while it isn't in use.
For those who require a full battery more quickly, Level 2 chargers can fill up your vehicle's battery much faster than Level 1. A Level 2 charger requires installation by a professional electrician because it is a 240-volt charger. Depending on your vehicle type, you may find that it charges five times as fast as it does on a Level 1 charger.
2. WHY SHOULD I CHARGE MY VEHICLE WITH A LEVEL 2 EV HOME CHARGER?
Several factors make having a Level 2 EV charger the best choice for owning an electric vehicle.
Convenience: You know your vehicle is charged and ready to go when you wake up in the morning when you have a Level 2 EV charging station at home.
Cheaper than Charging at Public Stations: Installing a home EV charger can be expensive, but having that charger can help keep your overall costs associated with charging the car much lower. You are at the whims of the person who owns the EV charger at public charging stations. They can set whatever fees they see fit to cover the cost of using their charging station, plus whatever they'd like for the energy you use. Depending on where you charge up, this can be pretty expensive.
Extend Car's Battery Life: Public EV chargers are typically Level 3. While they are much faster at charging your car's battery to complete, they also reduce your battery's life. It is better to let the battery charge slowly on a Level 2 charger for the battery's long-term health.
3. CAN I HAVE MY HOME EV CHARGER INSTALLED OUTSIDE?
Yes, there are Level 2 charging station options for outdoor installation. These options include charging stations on 6-foot pedestals with either single or dual ports to charge one or two vehicles. Depending on your home and your needs, we can help you determine what outdoor EV charger would work best.
4. I'M NOT SURE WHAT EV HOME CHARGERS ARE RIGHT FOR MY NEEDS. CAN YOU HELP ME CHOOSE?
The world of EV home chargers is relatively new, and with that comes some hesitation from the average consumer about choosing a good product. When you are ready to install an electric vehicle charger in your home, it would be best if you spoke with us at RS Martin Electric to understand all your options. Then, you can choose what you think fits your needs and charging concerns best after speaking with us! After you've picked it, we can install your EV home charger to fully charge your electric vehicle when you're ready to drive off into the sunset.
Currently, you can choose from Siemens or Leviton products when you work with RS Martin to select and install your EV home chargers. These are some of the best products on the market, and these brands offer a great range of EV home chargers suitable for most budgets. Whether you want an indoor or an outdoor EV home charger, Siemens or Leviton has a product that will meet your vehicle's charging needs!
5. I'VE PURCHASED MY EV HOME CHARGER, BUT I NEED IT INSTALLED. CAN YOU DO THAT FOR ME?
Yes! If you've already purchased EV home chargers for your electric vehicles, the experts at RS Martin have the experience and knowledge to install the chargers for you! Just contact us today to get started.
Trust RS Martin to Install Your EV Home Chargers!
EV owners like you want the best for their vehicles, especially when charging them and extending the battery's life. When you trust your EV home charger needs with the electrical experts at RS Martin, we take the time to learn about your needs and help you choose the right charger for your car and your home. We offer several EV charger models, including stations with innovative, WiFi-enabled features customized for your vehicle to meet your needs. Get in touch with us today to learn more!