Top Questions About Installations of Electric Car Chargers in Vancouver

Nov 18, 2021
Top Questions About Installations of Electric Car Chargers in Vancouver

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Top Questions about Installations of Electric Car Chargers in Vancouver

The electric vehicle revolution is upon us! As more vehicles enter the market and more consumers transition to this new and exciting mode of transportation, there is an increasing need for car chargers and EV charger installation. If you are considering purchasing an electric car and want or need a charging station at your home or office to go along with it, look no further than the premier home electrician and commercial electrical services team at Wireman Electric. As the leading provider of electrical services in Vancouver, our experts have decades of experience and strive to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to new technology. As such, EV charger installation and car charger installation in Vancouver are now well in our wheelhouse. Because this is such recent technology, many of our clients have questions about EV charger installation. What follows are three of the most common!

Where do I even begin with my Vancouver car charger installation assessment?

Every home considering EV charger installation will need to undergo an assessment. This is generally completed through a questionnaire that will provide your home electrician or electrician contractor with all of the information they need to know about your situation. Following the assessment, your home electrician should be able to deduce what charge speed will be possible to install and what impact it may have on your electrical draw. In addition to completing the provided questionnaire, a clear picture of your electrical panel, including the size of your service, will be very helpful for your electrician contractor.

How long will it take to charge my electric car fully?

If you have your electrician contractor install a Level 2 charger, you can fully charge your electric car in as little as 2 – 3 hours. Level 1 chargers – operating off a standard home outlet – may require over three days to charge completely. The car you drive and the charger you have installed will both significantly impact these estimates.

Do I need a Level 2 charging station, or can I get by with a Level 1 charger?

The difference between a Level 2 charging station and a Level 1 charging station is ultimately decided by the capability of your home’s electrical panel and the needs of your vehicle. Level 1 chargers generally have a 1200W peak charging speed – which is fine if you do not often drive, have regular access to a charging station at work, or drive a vehicle with a smaller battery. Otherwise, a Level 2 charging station is probably better for you and can change your charging time from potentially a matter of days to a few hours. Beyond personal needs, the installation assessment addressed above will ultimately determine what kind of charger your home can handle.

Professionals should install home electrical chargers, and if you are hiring a professional, why not work with the best electrical services provider in Vancouver? The residential electrical services team at Wireman Electric is the best in the business, and we are genuinely inspired to do our part to further the electric vehicle revolution! Whether you have recently purchased an electric car, or hope to in the coming years, give our experts a call today to learn a bit more about the ins and outs of home charging stations.