Electric Car Charging Station Installation
Estimate the number of electric car chargers needed
Charging an electric car can be a time-consuming process. With the average American spending 27 hours per year stuck at home waiting for their car to charge, many are starting to wonder if installing charging stations in their garage is worth it. If you want to get ahead of the curve, it’s time to start thinking about how many electric car chargers you’ll need for your home. You may not even know this yet, but in the future we won’t be limited by our gas tanks and will be able to drive as far as our battery will take us.
Determine where to place the charging stations
The electric vehicle industry is growing exponentially and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. The cost of electricity has been decreasing steadily over the last decade, which means that now is a great time to invest in an EV for your home or business. An important consideration when buying an EV charger is figuring out where to place the charging stations so you can charge your car as efficiently as possible.
Every electric vehicle (EV) comes with at least one port for charging, but the question is where should you place them? The most common solution is to install a Level 2 charger in the garage, which will allow owners to charge their cars overnight. But not all garages have enough space and are accessible from outside, so there are other options that can work as well. If your garage has enough space and is safe for an EV owner to enter without having a key or code for entry, then installing a Level 1 charger inside may be a better option because it’s more convenient than driving out of the house every time you need to charge up.
Identify a power source, such as an electrical panel or generator
A power outage could be caused by something as small and innocuous as a squirrel who chewed through the line, or it could also be due to an issue with the distribution grid. Regardless of what caused your power outage, you may find yourself in need of some electricity for light, heat, cooking, or many other things that we take for granted.
Who has not been in a situation where the power goes out and you are left wondering what to do? What is your responsibility if the power outage affects only one part of your home or property, but not the rest? Do you know how to identify an alternate source of electricity that may be available on your property?
Install wiring and outlets for each charger station
Do you have a home with multiple electric cars, or are you planning on getting one soon? If so, then it’s time to start thinking about installing wiring and outlets for each plug station in your garage. This is necessary if you want to charge the car quickly and efficiently. Charging stations have been popping up all over the place. It seems like every coffee shop, airport, and grocery store has one now. But if you’re not a phone addict or don’t use your laptop as much as I do, then you might be wondering what’s in it for me?
Connect wiring to the power source and test all connections before installing any equipment on walls or ceilings
The first step is to figure out your electrical system. First, find the breaker that controls the power going to the area of your home you’re working on (in most homes it’s in a panel by the front door). Next, turn off this breaker and wait 10 seconds before turning back on again. This will ensure there’s no electricity when you work with live wires! Now that we know which circuit breaker we need to turn off for safety, let’s go ahead and disconnect our old wiring from the source. Before doing anything else, be sure to test each connection point with a voltage tester or continuity tester.
Do you ever stop to think about where your power is coming from? Maybe not, but it’s important. The electrical grid that powers most of the United States is aging and will need replacing soon. In the meantime, what can we do to make sure our family and home are safe?