Checklist before Installing an EV Charger at Home

Let’s look at dome important checklist to be considered before installing an Electric vehicle
charger at Home

1. Knowledge about its operation
Before venturing into setting up your advanced charging station at home, it is important that the
users should know the basic of its operation, capabilities and limitations. It is to be noted that if
you are using a basic charging station, the equipment does actually charge your car but is a mere
facilitator in providing a traditional alternate current supply to your cars on board charger, which
then converts that AC into DC for storage and operation.
Charging stations come in pre-fitted with different technologies that vary in level of charging and
the speed at which charging takes place. It is very important to look at the requirement of your
vehicle before setting up a charging station as this a mismatch would create undesirable results.

2. The cost associated with the setup
When considering the cost factor, it is important to calculate not only the price of setting up your
own charging station but also the price of electric energy that would be utilized. According to a
research by Office of Energy Efficiency (US), fully charging of an all-electric vehicle having a
range of 320 kilometers would cost as much as running a central air conditioner for almost six
hours. So it would beneficial to check whether setting up a home charging station or charging
from outside is economically viable.

3. Choosing a DIY setup or a professional installation
It is also wise to think about how an EV charger is installed in your home. Even though some of
the manufacturers provide a complete DIY solution, it would always be beneficial to bring in an
expert on the scene. The expenses might shoot a bit more but a technician would have necessary
tools handy for making your new EV charging experience seamless.

4. Understanding different levels of chargers
As a simple rule of thumb, currently three levels of chargers are available in the market
 Level 1 Charger- has a 120-volt output with simple plug and play technology. Charging
time is lengthy
 Level 2 Charger- 240-volt output, Provides 5 times faster charge as compared to Level 1
 Level 3 Charger- High voltage fast charging, Expensive and only compatible with a
limited set of vehicles

By making sure that you follow all these basic principles, EV charging would be a walk in the
park.