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EV Charger Installation in Seattle

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An electric vehicle charger allows residents to quickly charge their cars without paying extra. We have been serving residents since 2011 and can assist with EV charger installation services in Seattle.

Before getting an installation, however, it is important to have a dedicated team of electricians come and assess your home. Trust Custom Electrical Services to provide the dedicated support you need. 

Contact us by calling (206) 558-0440 or speaking to us online regarding EV charging station installation in Seattle!

Level 2 Charging Options for Tesla Automobiles

While many brands of car chargers are interchangeable with each other, Tesla cars are designed so that they only work with Tesla EV chargers. Tesla does not just offer one kind of charger but provides faster or slower types of charging depending on client’s needs. A Tesla owner who is looking for a new charger should think about several key factors before selecting the right product. 

The typical number of miles driven every day, as well as the space and layout of a home, will greatly influence the kind of charger that should be purchased. Vehicle owners should also think about the potential that they will buy a second Tesla car later on. Once all these factors have been considered, our dedicated team can help advise residents on which options are the most economical. 

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  • Auburn
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  • Puyallup
  • Redmond
  • Renton
  • Seattle
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The Benefits of Installing an EV Charger at Home

Having an electric car is a great way to save your finances while conserving the earth’s natural resources. However, it will not be as effective without a dependable charger nearby. 

Having our professionals install a personal EV charger is extremely beneficial because:

  • It is more convenient – Trying to find a public charger can be very time-consuming. By having a home charger installed, drivers do not have to wait around for their car to be charged but can simply have it charged overnight. 
  • Charging at home saves expenses – In addition to being difficult to find, using public car chargers quickly becomes expensive over time. EV chargers make it more cost-effective and quick to charge.
  • This type of charging saves your battery – Using an extremely fast public charger can wear down the battery of an electric vehicle more quickly than its predicted expiration date. Using a personal home charger ensures that the car is not being charged too quickly, negatively affecting its battery’s lifespan.

How to Select the Right Kind of EV Charger 

Selecting the right electric vehicle charger for your home involves considering various factors to ensure it meets your needs and is compatible with your EV. 

Here are the steps to help you choose the right kind of EV charger for your home:

  • Know Your EV's Capabilities: Start by understanding your electric vehicle's charging capabilities. Check your vehicle's manual or manufacturer's website to find out the maximum charging rate it can handle (in kW) and whether it's compatible with Level 1 (120V) or Level 2 (240V) chargers.
  • Determine Your Daily Driving Habits: Analyze your daily driving habits to estimate how much charging you need. Consider the typical daily mileage you drive and whether you'll be relying on home charging for most of your EV's energy needs.
  • Charging Speed: Decide how quickly you want to charge your EV at home. Level 2 chargers are the most common choice for residential use, offering faster charging speeds compared to Level 1 chargers.
  • Evaluate Your Electrical Service: Have an electrician assess your home's electrical service to ensure it can support the charger you desire. You may need to upgrade your electrical panel and wiring for higher-powered Level 2 chargers.
  • Charger Type: Choose between a standard Level 2 charger or a smart charger. Smart chargers offer additional features like scheduling, monitoring, and smartphone apps. They can be more convenient, especially if you have variable electricity rates.
  • Cord Length and Location: Consider the location of your charger and the length of the charging cable. Ensure it can reach your EV's charging port comfortably. Also, think about whether you want a wall-mounted unit or a standalone pedestal.
  • Plug Type: Different EVs may have different plug types, so make sure the charger you select is compatible with your vehicle. Many Level 2 chargers come with universal J1772 connectors, but some may have Tesla-specific connectors. Adapters are available to address compatibility issues.
  • Installation Cost: Obtain quotes from licensed electricians for the installation of your charger. Installation costs can vary depending on the complexity of the job and the distance from your electrical panel to the charger location.
  • Networking and Smart Features: If you want remote access and control, consider a smart charger. These chargers can connect to Wi-Fi and may include apps that allow you to monitor and schedule charging.
  • Government Incentives and Rebates: Check if there are any local, state, or federal incentives or rebates available for EV charger installation. These incentives can help offset the installation cost.
  • Warranty and Brand Reputation: Look for reputable charger manufacturers with good warranty terms. This ensures you have support in case of any issues.
  • Future-Proofing: Consider your future EV needs. If you plan to upgrade to a different EV model, ensure your chosen charger is compatible with a variety of vehicles.

By considering these factors and consulting with an electrician, you can select the right EV charger for your home that meets your charging needs and ensures a safe and efficient charging experience.

Trust Custom Electrical Services to help decide which charger would work best.

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What is the Charging Speed and Time for a Home EV Charger?

The charging speed and time for a home electric vehicle charger can vary significantly depending on several factors, including the charger's power level (Level 1, Level 2), the capacity of your EV's battery, and the EV's onboard charging capabilities. 

Here's a general overview:

  • Level 1 Charging (120V, 1.9-2.4 kW): Level 1 chargers are the slowest home charging option. They typically provide between 2 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging. So, for a typical EV with a 60 kWh battery, it might take around 20-30 hours for a full charge from nearly empty.
  • Level 2 Charging (240V, 3.6-19.2 kW): Level 2 chargers are the most common choice for home charging. They can provide around 10-30 miles of range per hour of charging, depending on the charger's power output and the vehicle's capability. For a 60 kWh battery, it might take roughly 8-10 hours for a full charge from nearly empty.

The actual time it takes to charge your EV at home depends on several factors, including the battery size, the state of charge, and the charging rate of your vehicle. Most modern electric vehicles have onboard chargers capable of handling Level 2 chargers at their maximum rate, while some luxury models and Teslas may support even faster charging speeds.

It's important to note that EV charging is not always a linear process. Charging may be slower when the battery is nearly full to protect the battery's health. Additionally, different charging stations and vehicles have varying efficiencies, so it's essential to consult your vehicle's manual and the charger's specifications for precise information.

If you're concerned about charging time, you can consider a Level 2 charger with higher power output.

Get in touch with our licensed experts at (206) 558-0440 for dedicated electric vehicle charging in Seattle.

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