As electric vehicles have grown in popularity, more and more homeowners are adding charging stations to their homes to get the most out of their green investment. Once an expensive addition, electric vehicle charging stations are easier to install than ever before. You may not even need a service upgrade!
While electric vehicles are definitely catching on among eco-conscious Vancouverites, it can still be difficult to find a convenient charging station for your car.
If you don’t have a charging station near you, you’ll be reliant on ordinary three-prong outlets, which can take as long as 8-10 hours to fully charge your vehicle’s battery.
Installing a dedicated electric vehicle charging station in your garage offers many benefits, including:
Residential electric vehicle charging stations have been available for some time, but these devices have typically required service upgrades before they could be installed, incurring an additional cost. However, for many homeowners, this is no longer the case! Homes with 200-amp electrical panels and no suites can typically handle an electric vehicle charging station without issue. Meanwhile, those with 200-amp panels and a suite have the option of adding a Demand Charge Controller, enabling homeowners to add an electric vehicle charger without pushing their home’s panel past its limits. Those with 100-amp panels will likely need to upgrade their service to a 200-amp electrical panel, however.
At TCA Electric, we’ve helped green-minded homeowners throughout Vancouver by adding convenient electric vehicle charging stations to their homes. If you’re planning to purchase an electric vehicle, or if you want to get more out of the one you have already, get in touch with our expert electricians today!