Cooling, Heating, & Electrical Services in Melbourne
24/7 Emergency Services Available 321.320.8012

Own an Electric Vehicle? Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Charging at Home

Congratulations on your new electric vehicle! You’ve made a wise decision. Not only will save a small fortune on your commuting costs, but you’re doing the environment a huge favor.

Now you have another important decision to make: How will you charge it?

While commercial charging stations are becoming more prevalent -- there are at least eight Tesla Supercharging terminals in West Melbourne alone -- most plug-in car owners like the assurance of a fully charged battery before pulling out of their driveways.

Here Are 3 Options to Power Up Your Ride at Home

Level 1: Every electric vehicle sold comes with a 120-volt charge cord that plugs into any standard household outlet. For short trips, it’ll do the job. You should be able to drive 30 miles after charging overnight. However, you’ll need a more robust power source to ensure your vehicle is adequately juiced for your daily commute.

Level 2: A portable Level 2 EVSE charger offers about three times the charging speed than the standard 120-volt option. Because it draws more power, it will need to be plugged into a 240 volt outlet (that’s the same outlet you plug your washer and dryer in.) You likely do not have one of these outlets readily available in your garage, so you’ll need a certified electrician to install one.

There are a variety of Level 2 chargers to choose from. Some models pull more current, capable of providing more than 50 miles per hour charging. However, you’ll need to be sure your electrical panel meets the amperage requirements for a high-speed charger. It may be necessary to upgrade to a 400-amp service. A professional electrician can help you determine your best option.

Level 3: Wouldn’t be nice to get a full charge in 30 minutes or less for that spontaneous road trip? For now, a Level 3 charging station, such as the Telsa Supercharger, is not feasible for home installation. Besides, EV car manufacturers caution against routinely using a Level 3 charger because it can damage your battery over time. Use them on they way to your destination.

Extreme Air & Electric can diagnose your electrical panel and help you determine which plug-in option is best. Call 321-280-1694 to schedule an appointment.