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Electric Car Chargers

What are Electric Car Chargers?

Electric car chargers are plug-in stations that can use nearly any power supply to charge an electric vehicle. There are different kinds of electric car chargers that are capable of charging electric vehicles at differing speeds.

Many kinds of electric car chargers can be installed in your home or office; however, most types of installations are legally required to be done by a licensed electrician and they must be registered with the Electrical Safety Authority. Many types of electric car chargers will require new circuitry installation and additional circuit breakers, so it is best to always check with your licensed electrician before purchasing a charging station.

Types of Electric Car Chargers

There are three primary types of electric car charging stations. Charge times vary with the type and age of the battery in the electric vehicle, as newer batteries will usually take much less time to charge. The different types of electric car chargers are as follows:

Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charger

A level one charger can be plugged into any grounded 110-volt, 15-amp home or workplace outlet, and it typically takes anywhere between 8 to 20 hours to fully charge an electric vehicle.

Level 2 Electric Vehicle Charger

Level two charging stations require a much heavier duty outlet with a 240-volt output, similar to a laundry dryer. This type of charger will fully charge a vehicle in 4 to 6 hours, and they need to be installed by a licensed electrician. Level two chargers are the more common and useful household charging stations.

Level 3 Electric Vehicle Charger

Level three charging stations use a 480-volt circuit that can charge an electric vehicle’s battery in 30 minutes to an hour, which makes this kind of charger extremely useful for road-side charging stations.

Benefits of Electric Car Chargers

There are many benefits to owning an electric car charger. Whether you own a hybrid gas-electric vehicle or a fully electric car, having an electric car charger installed in your home or workplace allows you to charge your vehicle during your downtime. Charging a vehicle overnight is better for the environment and less expensive in electricity as you are not charging during peak electrical use hours. An electric car charger typically costs, on average, about $300 to $800 per year to operate, depending on where you live, type of vehicle, and amount of electric car use, whereas gas vehicles can cost more than $2500 per year in fuel, on average.

If you are interested in learning more about electric car chargers and their installation, or if you are interested in any of our other services, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.