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Types of Electric Car Chargers

Types of Electric Car Chargers in Virginia

 

In Virginia, there are three types of electric car chargers:

  • Energy Star Certified Level 1
  • Energy Star Certified Level 2
  • Energy Star Certified Level 3

Level 1 chargers use a standard 120-volt outlet and are the slowest option, while Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt outlet and charge faster. DC fast chargers are the quickest option, charging up to 80% in 30 minutes, but are less common and typically found along highways or major travel routes.

Most EV car owners employ slow charging, leaving their cars to charge to 100% overnight. Slow charging is unsuitable for public EV charging stations because it takes a long time to charge a car fully. It is worth noting that the faster chargers use more kilowatt-hours when charging your car.

What Size Electric Car Charger Do I Need?

The size of the electric car charger you need generally depends on the battery size of your car and the charging speed you want. A 7 kW charger is typically sufficient for most electric cars, but if you have a larger battery or want faster charging, you may want to consider a 22 kW charger. It’s best to consult with an electrician to determine the appropriate size for your specific needs. Your electrical installation and the car’s onboard range influence the size of the EV charger you need. Generally, most cars have voltage specifications of 40 amp and a 240-volt charger measurement. These specifications should guide you when purchasing your car’s charger.

What are The Dangers of Installing the Charger Myself?

Installing a charger yourself can be dangerous if you don’t have the necessary knowledge and experience. Electrical work can cause electric shock and other serious injuries if not done properly. It’s always recommended to hire a licensed electrician to install the charger for you to ensure safety and avoid any potential risks.

A DIY installation of the charger might result in exposed cables that are worn out with some wires extruding. The extruding wires pose a safety threat since people might get electrocuted. If you blunder while installing the charger, you could cause large-scale circuit shorting or a fire in the worst scenario. Electric vehicles require a high amount of power of 240 volts. Installing your own electric car charger can void the warranty of some vehicles or charging stations.

Why Is It Important to Get a Certified Electrician to Install My Electric Car Charger?

Getting a certified electrician to install your electric car charger is important for several reasons. First, electric car chargers require a significant amount of power and need to be installed safely to avoid electrical hazards. Second, a certified electrician will have the knowledge and expertise to ensure that the installation meets all local codes and regulations. Third, if the installation is not performed properly, it can cause damage to your electric car or even void its warranty. Overall, hiring a certified electrician to install your electric car charger is a smart investment in both your safety and the longevity of your vehicle.

Sound knowledge of your house’s electrical circuit and the circuit of your charger is crucial for proper installation. Professional service is required to prevent your charger from short-circuiting due to a botched installation. With proper installation, you will ensure that your car’s expensive battery is not ruined as well as protection of your home in the process. Hiring a certified electrician also ensures adherence to regulations such as wiring regulations. Electricians validate that the installation process adhered to the rules and guaranteed safety.

In some cases, the government will require you to produce an adherence certificate or face a fine. There are also some insurance companies that require you to have the adherence certificate if your charger becomes faulty. For example, the charger might be destroyed by excess electric surge or lightning. Hiring a certified electrician is important because insurance companies might not cover such unforeseen damages if you do not provide an adherence certificate. Not to mention the resale value of your home.

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