If you have a hybrid or fully electric vehicle or are considering purchasing an electric vehicle, you will need electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at home to keep your vehicle road-ready any time. But what kind of vehicle charging station do you need for your car, and are there alternative fueling options for your charging ports?
At Craig’s Electrical and Generator Service, we provide professional installation for Level 1 and Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations for your home in New Orleans, LA. Contact us today to schedule an in-home consultation for your new charging station.
New Orleans Trusted Residential Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation Team
When you purchase a hybrid or electric vehicle, you need a way to keep the battery charged at home. There are two levels of chargers available for home use (Level 1 and Level 2), while the Level 3 charger is only available for commercial purposes.
Whether you already have an older electric charging port that you want to upgrade or you’re installing electric vehicle charging stations for the first time, contact us at Craig’s Electrical and Generator Service to inspect your home’s wiring and recommend and install the right vehicle charging solution for you.
Types of Home Charging Stations We Install
There are two levels of home charging ports for electric vehicles. Level 1 offers up to 15 amps of power on a 120-volt outlet using a standard home receptacle. While this option offers the convenience of not requiring a 240-volt outlet upgrade, charging with a Level 1 charging port often takes at least eight hours, with some vehicles requiring as much as 16 hours to charge fully.
The Level 2 port delivers 240 volts on a dedicated circuit, often charging your vehicle in just a few hours. Our team of electric vehicle charging station installers can install the outlet and upgrade your circuit breaker box to accommodate the dedicated circuit. You will also need an inspection from the local code authority to ensure that the upgrade meets all code requirements.
Benefits of Upgrading Your Charging Ports
A Level 1 port can mean slow charging times and more strain on your home’s electrical system while charging. You might need to stop at a public charging station while out and about, cutting into the time you would be able to spend taking care of errands or sightseeing around during a day trip out of town.
Upgrading to a Level 2 station at home can allow you to leave the house each morning fully charged and ready to tackle a day full of driving, no matter what’s on your agenda. Whether you’re commuting for work, taking care of your groceries and bills for the week, or treating yourself to some boutique shopping downtown, your charge will last all day.
Installing a Level 2 station in your home does require permitting, approval, and inspections from the correct departments and utilities. Let us help you get what you need to install or upgrade to a Level 2 charging station.
Will You Need Rewiring in Your Home?
Depending on the age and current amperage in your home, you may need additional electrical services to accommodate your new electric vehicle charging station. In a newer home, you most likely only need the EV charger and a dedicated 240-volt circuit. An older home might require home wiring upgrades and a new service panel.
For more advanced electrical work or to install a Level 2 charger, we can help you schedule inspections, acquire the appropriate permits, and get approval from the proper departments. Contact us today to get started.
Call Today To Request a Quote for Your Electric Vehicle Home Charging Station in New Orleans, LA
At Craig’s Electrical and Generator Service, we can inspect your home to determine if your current electrical system will support a Level 2 charging station installation. For recommendations and installation of electric vehicle charging stations for your home in New Orleans, LA call us today at (504) 677-1023 or contact us online to request a free quote.