As electric vehicles become more affordable and easier to use, more homeowners are looking into getting an EV charging station installed at home. Charging an electric car is as easy as plugging it into any standard three-pronged outlet, but for faster, more usable, and more efficient daily charging, level 2 charging stations allow the convenience of re-fueling from the comfort of your own home. According to Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation, less than $530 is spent per year charging electric vehicles (or $1.45 per night), compared to the $2,500 spent on gasoline. While charging at public stations is much cheaper than re-filling with gasoline at gas stations, the added convenience and the saved money of charging at home are significant bonuses.
To ensure that your home is suitable for an EV charging station installation, it is first imperative to have a licensed electrician check that your electrical service is sufficient, as well as confirming that your electrical panel has room for a dedicated breaker. A service or panel upgrade may be in order, but after this is done, the process can begin in planning where the charger will be installed and what kind of charging station you would prefer. A licensed electrical contractor will take care of the necessary permits. The speed of charging stations are determined by an amperage amount, with 20-40 amps being the standard.
The cost of installation can vary depending on how much time and resources are spent on the process. Simpler installations tend to cost less (when it’s as easy as connecting the panel to the charging station), but more complex garage or driveway layouts may be more expensive to work with. The cost can also depend on whether the EV charging station will be installed inside or outside. For homes that don’t have a garage or space inside to store the vehicle, an outdoor installation of a hardwired charging station may be necessary. Indoor installations have the option of using a plugged-in charging station, which tends to be more expensive, but is portable and is easier to replace or repair.
Contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information, to learn more about electric vehicle charging, and to inquire about having an EV charging station installed in your home! We operate within the GTA to ensure that your vehicle and your home are functioning at the highest possible capacity.