Have questions about Tesla chargers? We’ve got answers!
If you’ve just bought a Tesla, or you’re looking to purchase one, chances are you’re looking into Tesla wall charger installation as well. Tesla’s wall connectors add more range per hour of charging than the mobile connector that comes with every Tesla vehicle. This gives drivers the ability to charge more effectively at home and the freedom to drive as they please.
However, installation of a Tesla wall charger can come with many question marks. What charger do I need? How much will it cost? And will I need to hire an electrician? As Vancouver’s EV charging experts, TCA Electric is here to answer all your questions when it comes to Tesla wall charger installation. Here’s what you need to know!
A Level 2 charger is the most common for home use
Electric vehicle chargers come in three main types, generally separated by their charging capabilities and referred to as Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. Tesla’s chargers are no different. The Level 1 Tesla charger is the mobile connector that comes with your vehicle and supplies slow charging speeds. Tesla’s Level 3 chargers, or “superchargers,” are the fast charging stations that are often available for public use (and not typically found in homes).
For home use, the ideal charger is Tesla’s Level 2 charger, also called the wall connector or wall charger. These chargers typically provide around 48 to 70 km of ranger per hour of charging, which should be able to fully recharge any Tesla battery overnight.
You’ll need to hire a professional to complete the installation
If you have some DIY abilities, you may be wondering if you can install a Tesla charger yourself. However, the answer is no, unless you’re a licensed electrician.
While the installation process is typically straightforward, it requires wiring your charger directly to your home’s electrical panel. All of the electricity powering your home runs through this panel, making it highly dangerous for anyone who isn’t a trained professional to complete the installation. You’ll need to hire a licensed and qualified electrician for the job to ensure the installation is completed safely and correctly.
The installation cost can vary depending on your home
Of course, the first question most homeowners ask when planning an EV charger installation is “How much will this cost?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question can vary quite a bit depending on a number of factors, including:
- The number of chargers you would like to install
- The accessibility of your preferred installation location and distance from your electrical panel
- The capacity of your home’s electrical panel (i.e., whether you’ll need a service upgrade)
- Whether you qualify for various available EV charging rebates
While the cost of a Tesla Level 2 wall connector is currently around $700, these other factors can greatly reduce or increase the overall cost of installation.
Check out our previous post on this topic: How Much Does a Tesla Charging Station Cost?
TCA Electric Offers Expert Tesla Wall Charger Installation
At TCA Electric, we pride ourselves on being Vancouver’s leading EV charging experts. We have years of experience installing EV chargers in single-family homes, multifamily strata, and commercial buildings. Our installation expertise covers many of the leading EV charger brands, including Tesla wall chargers.
Sometimes upgrading your home can be complicated, but at TCA we do everything to streamline the process of adding EV charging capabilities to your home. So whether you’re ready to get started right away, or if you still have lingering questions, contact us today! Our team is standing by to take your call and help you get the most from your Tesla or other electric vehicle.