Electric Vehicle Chargers

Scooters and eBikes

These plug into an ordinary outlet but since you probably want to plug them in in the garage you will want to make sure you have a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) installed.  HouseDepot can install your GFCI receptacles and make sure your wiring and circuit breakers are up to the task of charging your ride.

Electric Cars

These have the ability to plug into an ordinary outlet but charging your car that way is very very very slow.  Instead you want a level 2 charger which is 240 volt and 40 amp circuit.  These are now part of the electrical code for new construction, all new houses will have an electric vehicle charging station wired up.

Upgrading Your Service

If your service is not a 200 Amp service you will need to upgrade your power and your panel to 200 Amps.  While a level 2 charger uses about 40 amps turning on any other major appliance like electric stove, electric water heater, central air conditioner or dryer at the same time will begin to use more power than your system can supply.  The good news is that after such a service upgrade you will find that you can now run any appliances you wish simultaneously without fear that the resulting brown out condition will damage your sensitive equipment such as your computer or flat screen television.  HouseDepot can both install your level 2 charging station and perform your service and panel upgrade.

Types of Chargers

Level one chargers are your standard electrical outlet.  Your electric vehicle can make use of this but it takes a very long time, a minimum of 8 hours a night.  Level 2 chargers are dedicated vehicle charging stations in residential units which run at 240 volts and about 40 amps.  Level three charging stations are commercial charging stations where you can plug your car in for a relatively brief period to get a full charge.  These level 3 chargers run at levels above 40 Amps and require a higher service than it is possible to obtain in a residential setting.