Just bought your first EV? Congratulations! Minimal maintenance, lower emissions and a free pass to the carpool lane are all in your future. But is your house ready for your new electric family member?
Your EV has an onboard charger that connects to an AC source from your house and converts it to DC – so that you can charge your car. As we talked about in our last blog – you’ll likely want to upgrade that Level 1 cordset that came with the car. And the good news? By upgrading to Level 2, you’ll be able to charge up to 5 times faster.
OK, so you’ve decided to upgrade. Before you get your new Level 2 charger installed, here are some things to think about:
- What type of EV did you buy?
- How is your garage laid out?
Most EV’s and plug-ins on the market today use the same standard J1772 plug, so, unless you splurged on a Tesla, you will be just fine – but knowing your car’s onboard charging capacity is important to help you choose the solution that’s right for you. For example, our TurboCord is ideal for the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi, Prius, and all other plug-in hybrids; while full electric vehicles would do better with a 30amp charger- such as our EVSE-RS.
Another thing to think about - EV chargers come in various cord lengths. Measure where the car will be parked and where the charging port is located on the car - then choose a charger with a cord that’s at least a few feet longer than the distance you just measured.
We’ll be bringing you other helpful tips for keeping your new EV happy and healthy – be sure to stop by the blog often!