There’s an interesting trend that’s developing in the modern home building industry. With the number of consumers purchasing electric vehicles steadily climbing, many home builders are installing electric vehicle charging stations as standard features in some of their new design builds. That’s a great indication that environmental awareness is steadily increasing, too.
If you don’t happen to be in the market for a new home and you’ve purchased a new electric vehicle, you may have to install your own car charging station. Professionals can certainly do the install job for you, but if you want to save a couple of bucks you can do the job yourself fairly easily.
Here are few tips for installing your own electric car charging station.
First of all, you’ll need a 240-volt power source to power your charger. This is the same level of power that runs your dryer and larger equipment that’s often found in garages. You should be able to tap into this level of power pretty easily, but you should still consult a professional electrician to ensure your wiring can support the 240 volts and that you’ll be able to safely install your charger.
You should think carefully when deciding on where to actually mount your charging station. If your home’s fuse panel is actually located in the garage, this part will be easier, but try to mount the station in a spot where it won’t get bumped by folks walking through the garage. Also, try to get a charging cable that’s at least 18 feet long so you can charge your car if it’s parked in the driveway.
You may have to get a special permit from your city or county prior to installing a charging station, so check before you start working. Usually, the purpose of the permit is to certify that your home can handle the power load of the car charger. You’ll also need to provide the exact location of where you’ll mount the charging unit and where the car will be parked.
Once you’ve done the necessary research and got any of the necessary permits, it’s time to buy your car charging station and get to work! Remember, if you get into it and feel you might be over your head with the electrical wiring, there’s no shame in hiring a professional electrician to finish the job for you.