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Electrical Vehicles and Charger Requirements

Electrical vehicles become useless without a proper charger. As a result, it is important to know about your charger. How does the charger works? Will your home require electrical wiring upgrades? What charger will you need to charge your electrical vehicle? Hopefully we will be able to answer those questions and more through this post.


Why do I need to upgrade my house wiring in order to charge my electrical vehicle?

Upgrades to your home’s electrical system may be necessary. This is, depending on the charging option. If an upgrade is necessary it will guarantee that the electrical vehicle will have enough power to fully charge. Doelp Electric Inc. can help guide you through this process, if you are interested in an electrical vehicle.


Is a wiring upgrade necessary?

Level 1 Charger

Level 1 chargers use a typical 120-volt household outlet. So, upgrades to your home's electrical panel may not be necessary. However, when installing electrical vehicle chargers, the house should always be evaluated beforehand. Also, there should be a dedicated 20 Amp circuit for the electrical vehicle charger.


Level 2 Charger

Level 2 charger requires 240 volts. So, this will likely involve upgrades to your home's electrical panel. Consequently, this is to make room for a new circuit. Furthermore, the additional new circuit is similar to one for an air conditioner or electric dryer. Contact Doelp Electric if your electrical vehicle needs a Level 2 charger. Additionally, Doelp Electric will also be able to provide a cost estimate and for installation purposes.


National Electric Code requirements

Futhermore, here are statistics and requirements of Level 1 and Level 2 chargers.

Level 1 Charger

  • Level 1 chargers require a 20-amp, single-pole breaker.
  • Also, ground fault circuit interrupter is required.
  • Protected wall-mounted receptacle compatible for 120-volt charging.

Level 2 Charger

  • Level 2 chargers require a 40-amp, two-pole breaker is required.
  • Charging equipment should be wired permanently to a circuit.
  • Equipment must always be listed and labeled.
  • Ground fault protection is necessary.
  • Indicative ability to exclude charging when the batteries or the vehicle is damaged, or when an unsafe condition exists.
  • An interconnect that de-energizes the charging cable when the vehicle is disconnected from the charging equipment (or if an unwarranted tension is placed on the cable/cord).

Finally, to see more electric car chargers that Doelp Electric has installed, check out this link provided here.


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