For electric vehicles, the future is now. While only 1% of cars on American roads are electric, in 2022, 6% of vehicles sold were electric. It’s estimated that by 2030, between 40% and 50% of vehicle sales will be EVs. While Tesla is a pioneer in the sector, American legacy automakers such as Ford and GM are investing massively in electric vehicles. Inevitably, more and more American homes will feature EV charging systems. At Blue Diamond Electric, we provide expert EV charging system installation in the greater Medford, NY area. Here are some of the frequently asked questions about home EV charging systems.
How do Level 1 and Level 2 charging systems differ? And how are they the same?
With both Level 1 and Level 2 charging systems, alternating current (AC) is fed to the car’s on-board charger, at which point the AC is converted to direct current (DC) to charge up the battery. These chargers both use SAE J1772 connectors, which are used for all American non-Tesla EVs. If you buy a Tesla, it’ll come with its own adaptor. The main differentiator between Level 1 and Level 2 is the charging rate. Level 1 systems use a basic 120V household outlet, which is convenient, but only gives you 3 to 5 miles of range per hour. Level 2 systems use 240V and give you 15 to 30 miles of range per hour, which will be a major upgrade in your daily routine if you use your EV as your regular commuter.
How much power will my home EV charging system require?
Your needs will depend on your particular vehicle. Most EV models that are currently on the road take up to 32 amps. However, as the EV industry evolves, EVs will likely be able to accept higher levels, so you may want to plan for the future and go with a 50A station. At Blue Diamond Electric, we regularly install code-compliant 240V systems.
What are the advantages of “smart” EV charging systems?
A “smart” Level 2 EV charging system may include benefits such as smartphone compatibility (allowing you to monitor and schedule charging), data reports, and bi-directional charging.
Can I install a Level 2 charging system outside?
Level 2 systems are commonly installed outside and designed to withstand a temperature range of -22 degrees to 122 degrees fahrenheit. If you’re interested in installing your charging system outdoors, you’ll want to first discuss this with your electrician to make sure it’s the right choice for your circumstances.
Where can I get a home EV charging system quote in Medford, NY?
At Blue Diamond Electric, we specialize inEV home charging system installation in Medford, NY and the surrounding area. Depending on the customer’s needs, costs can vary significantly. We’re happy to offer an EV charging system quote and answer any questions that you have. Give us a call today at (631) 300-0855 to arrange a quote!