Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Electric vehicles are a piece of technology from the future that’s making a huge difference in our daily lives now. Using the power of lithium batteries and electricity, electric vehicles offer us a low-emissions or emissions-free way of getting where we need to go. Likewise, with the surging cost of fuel and ready availability of electric vehicle technology, these cars are rapidly becoming the more economical choice to traditional gasoline engines as well. However, they can’t be refueled by going to a pump like a conventional engine — they must be plugged in for a charging cycle. The fastest and safest way to plug an electric vehicle into your home power grid is with an EV charging station installation by the experts at RR Electric.
READ MOREAt RR Electric, we offer premium-quality EV charging station installations that configure them to work correctly with your vehicle and your home. When it comes to high-power appliances, we know how to make sure your home’s electrical system can handle the load. We make sure every connection is secure, efficient, and safe for your home, so you don’t have to stress. Plus, we even help set up your new charger so that it’s ready to charge your vehicle from the moment you first plug it in. We know how important it is that your car receives the fast, dependable charging it needs. We hold ourselves to high standards to ensure that every new EV charging station installation we complete exceeds our rigorous and time-tested standards of quality. Own an electric vehicle? Bring home the power of reliable, fast charging with an EV charging station installation. Call us at (805) 386-9740 today to request an estimate.

The Advantages of an Electrical Vehicle Charging Station

The average electric vehicle owner does over 80 percent of their vehicle charging at home. When you consider that overwhelmingly high number, it’s easy to see how much you could benefit from a home electrical vehicle charging station. EV charging stations are designed to work with your vehicle to charge at the optimal rate at all times. Throughout the charge cycle, the EV charging station slowly increases the voltage being fed to your car in order to charge it safely and smoothly. As it approaches capacity, it gradually tails off the current level to ensure that your battery can both retain its charge and remain stable.

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Electric vehicle charging stations have many benefits, including:

  • Faster charging: Electric vehicle charging stations often utilize a 220-volt connection, meaning faster charging for your car.
  • Safer charging: EV charging stations monitor your battery and can immediately adjust or shut off if they detect any abnormalities in charging that could otherwise damage the battery.
  • Better efficiency: EV charging stations waste less energy when charging your car, which means your cost of driving drops even further.
  • Better monitoring: Many EV charging stations can be connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network, giving you the ability to see your charging status in real-time.
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Level 1 vs. Level 2 Charging Stations

Home electrical vehicle charging stations come in two different formats: level 1 and level 2. Level 1 charging stations run off a typical 120-volt connection to an AC plug. They require no special equipment in this regard and can generally be quickly and easily installed into virtually any garage and even in some outdoor locations as well. Because of this, they are your more affordable option. However, they are also a slower option, adding around two to five miles worth of range to a typical electric vehicle per hour of charging. Because of this, they’re usually preferred by those who have plug-in hybrid vehicles or short-range electric cars.

Level 2 charging stations require a 240-volt AC connection in order to operate. This makes them considerably more powerful and capable of charging vehicles of all sizes at a much faster rate. Typically, one of these chargers adds anywhere from 10 to 60 miles worth of range to a car per hour of charging time, making them suitable for all types of fully-electric vehicles. However, this means you will need special equipment — notably a 240-volt AC connection to wire the charger into. Not every home has a 240-volt connection (especially in older or historic homes), and likewise, you may need to run a new 240-volt line to where you wish to install your charger. Finally, these systems are the more expensive option, both to purchase and to have installed; however, if you have a fully-electric vehicle, the benefits more than likely dramatically outweigh the cost with an EV charging station installation.

RR Electric also offers a wide range of electrical services to add safety and comfort to your home. Some of our other services include:

Get started with your EV charging station installation by contacting RR Electric Heating & Air today!