It may come as quite a surprise to electronic vehicle newcomers when they discover that the car charger is actually found on board the vehicle. It is this sophisticated piece of equipment that is stored within the car that pulls power from an AC source within your home and converts it to DC to charge your cars battery pack. It’s a common misconception that most of us refer to the wall mounted box that supplies the 240 volts of electricity needed to charge your electronic vehicle (EV) as the “charger”. The system includes the box, cord and plug and should correctly be referred to as the Electric Vehicle Service Equipment or its abbreviation of EVSE. If you have purchased an EV or are thinking about purchasing one you definitely want to install EVSE at your residence.
The professional electricians at Burley Electrical Service, Inc. are experienced at installing EVSE along with providing future maintenance needs you may require.
The knowledgeable electricians at Burley Electrical have provided the following list of considerations to keep in mind when shopping for a home EVSE system
Some of the things to consider before purchasing an EVSE are:
The Price of Purchasing an EVSE: The general price range is between $600 and $700 for a durable EVSE system. Just like everything else in life you can spend more or less depending on the brand and features. Keep in mind that this figure does not include the installation performed by your experienced Burley Electrical electrician.
Amperage Capacity of the EVSE: Ideally you should purchase an EVSE that can easily handle at least 30 amps. The math is fairly simple – 30-amps of service will give you approximately 30 miles of driving range in an hour. Even if your current vehicle is older and cannot fully use the higher amperage, you won’t have to buy a new EVSE if you were to upgrade to a newer vehicle sometime in the future.
Your Burley Electrical Service, Inc. electrician will also need to install a circuit breaker that is rated for at least 40-amps to provide you with a level of optimal safety when charging your EV.
• The Location of your EVSE and the Length of the Charging Cable: Before making your purchase think about where you will be parking your EV. Measure the distance between where the EVSE will be installed on your wall and where the charging port is on your car. Most cables run from 15 to 25 feet. Be sure that the cord will comfortably reach the charging port and also consider the length of the cable in case a second cable is needed to accommodate another vehicle.
• Portability Of Your EVSE: Your expert Burley Electrical Service, Inc electricians will recommend installing a NEMA 14-15 outlet (such as the ones used for clothes dryers) along with a matching plug on your EVSE. Your EVSE can be mounted next to this outlet and plugged directly in. If you decide to move or change the location of the EVSE, you can unplug it and plug it back in to your newly installed NEMA 14-15 outlet. If you don’t have a garage and your EVSE is outside, your local code may require that your electrician hard-wire your EVSE. Your Burley Electrical Service, Inc professional is familiar with local codes and will advise you accordingly.
• Connectivity to Your EVSE: With technology rapidly changing and smart phones and smart televisions becoming more popular, you may be feeling the urge to buy a Wi-Fi enabled EVSE. These products are more expensive and have a lot of bells and whistles that most experienced EV drivers don’t feel are necessary. One of the downsides with Wi-Fi enabled EVSE’s is once connectivity is lost; the entire EVSE system can shut down rendering it essentially useless.