Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the difference between an indoor and outdoor electric vehicle charger installation?
Indoor installations are for garages or for when the homeowner has room inside to store their car. Charging stations are usually plugged into a 240-volt wall outlet and often have the added benefit of being portable. Although these stations are initially more expensive, they are also easier to repair or replace. Meanwhile, outdoor installations are necessary for homes with only driveways. Since they utilize an interior electric connection (not unlike a ceiling fan), they may be slightly pricier to replace or repair.
Are electric vehicle chargers only meant for houses?
Although charging stations can be installed for condos/apartments, the process of having one installed for a single family home is much easier. For condo/apartment installations, the proper permissions and permits may be required before beginning the process. You may also need to review the building rules and draft the proper user agreements.
Are outdoor electric vehicle chargers safe in the rain and snow?
Electric vehicle chargers are designed to be weatherproof, protecting your vehicle, your home, and yourself from electrical shock. The vehicles themselves can withstand rain, water, and dust, so it’s suitable that the charging stations would follow this.
The only consideration regarding the weather to have is scheduling the date of your installation. Since the electrician will likely be working with wiring, cold winter days with freezing temperatures may make the process more difficult and result in the electrician needing to come back another time.