In most cases, people don’t need to prepare their Charlotte home for a new car. Electric vehicles do require some preparation, but the benefits of driving electric outweigh the inconvenience of preparing your home for an electric vehicle. Electric vehicle charging batteries require an in-home electric charging system. While it’s becoming more common in Pineville for stores and shopping centers to have electric vehicle charging stations, you’ll still want some help charging up between drives. Look deeper into how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle with Hendrick Cadillac Monroe below.
You can choose from a Level 1 or Level 2 Charger for your Monroe home. A Level 1 charger is simply the typical 120V outlet you’ll find around your home, but it can take days to charge your car to 100% using this level of charger. EV owners can upgrade to a Level 2 Charging system (240V+) and get 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes. This also allows for more effective charging between the daytime “top-off” and overnight full-charge.
This is a simple step when it comes time to prepare your home for an electric vehicle. All you need to do is clean out your garage, and prepping for your EV gives you a good jumpstart.
Electricity is distributed throughout your home via the power panel. Typically, new homes have a 100 Amp power panel, this is the rating for the maximum amount of current flow. When you have the chance, perform a self-assessment of your electricity use to determine if you would overload the electric panel with an EV.
You’ll want to hire an electrician. This gives you the opportunity to go over any concerns about your power consumption and adding electric vehicle charging batteries. This is also a good opportunity for them to install a 240-volt outlet or a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. The cost usually is just a couple hundred dollars. If you have an insufficient power panel, it could be up to $1,000 or $3,000.
At this point, you should be able to purchase an electric vehicle charging station for your home, and have your Concord electrician perform the installation.
If you have questions or concerns remaining about getting your home ready for an electric vehicle, contact us anytime. You can also visit our team in Monroe to learn more about the upcoming Cadillac LYRIQ.
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