Car charging Voltage
You have options when it comes to electric car charging equipment and installation, and they will be influenced by your choice of electric car models and your driving habits. If your electric car has a smaller battery, or if you simply drive less, you can charge your electric car within a few hours using a standard household 120-volt outlet. If your electric car has a larger battery or you drive more, you may want a home charging station or dock for faster charging. Call us before you buy your electric car, and we’ll help you understand how to safely and effectively transform your home into your own personal electric car fueling station.
Plugging In: Your Own Charging Station
To fuel your car at home, you’ll need access to at least a standard 120-volt outlet in a convenient location where you can park and charge. If you want to charge faster, you will need a dedicated 240-volt circuit and an electric car charging station. Be sure to have a qualified electrician inspect your outlet, because charging an electric car may overload an existing household circuit, particularly if it serves other household needs like lights and appliances. Your qualified electrician can advise whether you need a dedicated circuit breaker or an upgrade to your circuit breaker panel.
The Installation Process
Whether or not you plan to install a charging station, a call to our Electric Vehicle Information Center is where the process begins. We’re here to help you understand your options. Please call one of our electric vehicle advisors to let us know you are installing a charging station so that we can ensure we have the proper equipment to serve you.
Then it’s time to call your electrical vehicle service equipment installer or qualified electrician to inspect your home, install your new equipment, and perform any necessary upgrades to your home’s electrical wiring. Installation costs will vary, and your installer will be able to provide an estimate based on your needs. Your city or town may also require permits and inspections, which can be facilitated by you, through your electric vehicle service equipment installer, or by your qualified electrician.