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  Oct 4 2021

What Do I Need to Charge an Electric Car?

Do you have an electric car or are you planning to buy one? If so, you’re probably at the point of wondering if you need special equipment to charge it. If you live in an older home and you aren’t sure your garage is going to provide a suitable space to charge your electric car, you’ve come to the right place! Mr. Electric is here to answer any of your electric vehicle questions as well as provide you with electric vehicle car station installation.

Electric cars are the way of the future and they only seem to be getting more popular each year, and the terms associated with electric vehicles can be overwhelming. You need to know how fast your car will charge, how much it costs to charge it, and how easy or hard setting up your charging station will be. Lucky for you, Mr. Electric has the ultimate guide to help your charge your electric car with no problems at all! Let’s get into it.

What Do I Need to Charge an Electric Car?

While electric cars are still considered new to the market, they are pretty standard when it comes to charging them. Most electric cars on the market right now can be charged using a standard 120-volt wall outlet. This is considered ‘level 1’ charging and it’s the most practical way to charge your electric vehicle. This way of charging your car takes a lot longer than some of the other options, and it often doesn’t allow the car to hold the charge for that long – meaning you need to charge your car more frequently. Mr. Electric recommends calling us for a 220-volt or ‘level 1’ electric vehicle car station installation job.

Believe it or not, electric vehicle chargers are found inside the vehicle. The charger that hangs on your wall inside your garage isn’t the only component of the charger – the equipment inside your car coverts from AC power to DC to charge your electric car. The box, cord, and plug that you install on your wall supply the electricity to your car, and this process is called Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) and this equipment makes it easier to charge your electric vehicle.

When you use the EVSE, you can cut your charging time in half. This equipment runs off of 240-volts of electricity and makes the charging time much more efficient and allows your car to hold a charge for much longer. When it comes to looking for an EVSE, you’ll want to make sure yours has a 30-amp service, it’s the right size charging cable, and you want to make sure it has good connectivity to your car.

Are you looking for electric vehicle charger station installation? Did you just purchase an electric car and you’re looking for advice on how to charge it? You’ve come to the right place! Mr. Electric is here to help make sure your electric car is charging properly. Call us today to schedule your appointment with one of our insured electricians!

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