Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kind of electric vehicle charger should I have installed?
Some electric vehicle chargers are plugged-in while others are hardwired. The ones that plug in are powered by a standard outlet and typically cost more, but are easier to repair or replace in case of accidents. Meanwhile, hardwired charging stations have a direct electric connection to the home. The type of charging station needed can depend on whether it will be installed inside or outside the home. For outdoor installations, a hardwired electric vehicle charger is recommended.
How does cord charging differ from charging with a electric vehicle charger?
Level 1 cord charging (or “trickle charging”) is useful for top-ups or if you plan to leave your vehicle plugged in for long periods of time, but since it’s likely that you’ll be using your vehicle and charging it on a daily basis, using a level 2 or 3 charging station allows you to charge faster and more efficiently. A charging station fills your battery up at nearly two times speed.
What are some features I can expect for my electric vehicle charger?
Some electric vehicle chargers have features dependent on the availability of Wi-Fi connection. With electric vehicles that have Wi-Fi capabilities, you can install an app provided by the manufacturer that will allow you to track charging, set up scheduled or remote charging, and more. With these charging stations, it’s important that the Wi-Fi signal is strong enough to reach the station.