Several auto manufacturers claim that by 2030, they will sell half or more electric cars. Most people believe that Electric Vehicles are smooth, quiet, and dependable and that they never need to stop at a gas station to recharge.
However, the process is not as easy as showing up at a showroom and driving away in your vehicle within a couple of hours. You must have an EV charger installed at home, and if you do not have the proper outlet, connector, voltage, and so on, your experience may be more complex than necessary.
Having an EV charging station installed can go two ways. To make sure that it churns a positive outcome, you must be aware of all the crucial nitty-gritty details of the entire process.
How to Install an Electric Car Charging Station?
The first step in installing an EV charging station is to do a site survey, which considers the optimal location for the charger on your property, lighting and security requirements, and existing electrical infrastructure.
The second phase is utility evaluation and environment integration which focuses on making the environment secure, well-lit, and comfortable.
After acquiring all relevant clearances, the final phase is preparation and installation. Following hardware installation is software deployment for facility management, including payment processing if applicable.
EVSE Levels Matter.
Electric car charging stations, also known as “electric vehicle service equipment” or EVSE, are classified into three categories. They range from simple and basic to more intricate than you would ever consider putting in your garage. To learn about the different EVSE Levels, check out our Ultimate Guide For Charging An EV.
Charging your EV on with an incorrect charger could not only prove inconvenient but, also ruin your car’s battery life. However, depending on the length of your trip, Level 2 or Level 3 charging stations are typically recommended. There are various aspects to consider while deciding on the finest charger for you.
A Level 2 charger is sufficient if you merely wish to give it as a promotional service to your employees or have one installed at your house, often known as destination charging. However, if you want to offer public charging as a business, installing Level 3 EV chargers is preferable because they dramatically cut charging time.
You Need To Get A Permit.
Before everything else, you will need to obtain an EV charger permit by way of fulfilling the compliance regulations set forth under the governing law of your state. When we complete an EV charger installation, we certify the installation with a government agency.
This is proof that the installation was done safely and in accordance with all national requirements. A copy of your charger’s compliance certificate will be provided as well. In certain states, having a compliance certificate is required, and failing to have one might result in a fine. If you are unfamiliar with the procedure, it is best to leave it to the specialists.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Q. Can I install my own EV charging point?
A. Unless you are a professional electrician, installing an EV charger yourself is not a good idea. There are a lot of nitty-gritty details to take care of for a safe and effective installation while making sure that it complies with all the legal regulations.
Q. What do you need to install to charge an electric car?
A. You should have a home charging port built where you park your electric car to charge it at home. An EVSE supply cable for a 3-pin plug socket can be used as a backup. A dedicated home charging port is frequently preferred by drivers since it is speedier and has built-in safety measures.
Q. How high should a car charger be installed?
A. The Charging Station should be mounted at a height between 42 inches to 48 inches.
Q. Do I need permission to install a car charging point?
A. A planning permit is not a requirement when it comes to installing a wall-mounted EV charging point provided certain conditions are met such as, the electrical outlet can’t be bigger than 0.2 cubic meters and can’t be closer than two meters from a highway.
Q. Can I charge an electric car from a 13 amp socket?
A.Yes, you can charge your Electric Vehicle with the 13 amp socket as an EV always comes with a cable designed for home plug sockets.