Choosing an electric vehicle charging station

With the popularity of electrical vehicles on the rise in Edmond and Oklahoma City, we have seen an increase in demand from both residential and commercial clients for installing charge stations for those vehicles. We embrace this increase in eco-friendly vehicles and have assisted in numerous projects.

If you’re considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), here are some things you’ll probably want to know about the charging stations.

Charging station levels

Charging stations aren’t one-size-fits-all items; some require a professional installation while others do not. Typically, residential EV charging stations are divided into two groups: Level 1 chargers and Level 2 chargers.

Level 1 chargers provide 110-120 volts of charging capacity, while Level 2 offer 220-240 volts of charging capacity. Some Level 1 chargers are made to plug into an existing outlet, but those can take from 24-36 hours to fully charge your EV (depending on make and model).

Other Level 1 chargers require professional installation by a licensed electrician. Often, these chargers can fully charge your EV in as little as 16-24 hours. Level 2 chargers all require a professional installation from a licensed electrician and can fully charge your EV in as little as 4-5 hours.

Do you need a consultation?

The short answer is, probably. Because of the variations in chargers, we do recommend an in-home consultation with a professional contractor of your choosing. It is important you take your lifestyle and charging needs into consideration when choosing an EV charging station to install.

For example, if you drive 400-500 miles per week and aren’t home very often on weekends, you may want a higher charging capacity. If you’re only driving 20-30 miles per day, you may be happy with a Level 1 charger that doesn’t require professional installation.

Another value to consulting with a licensed professional contractor is that they can obtain the proper permits and will know what limitations (if any) you have from your current electrical service and breaker box. They will determine the needed amperage and size the circuit with the correct breaker. Most importantly, you will have peace of mind knowing it was safely installed and it will work as needed.

What about public charging stations?

The larger public charging stations are designed to charge much, much faster than residential charging stations. Nobody wants to spend 5 hours at a fueling station!

While there are public charging locations in Oklahoma City and Edmond, there aren’t as many of them as we’d hoped to find, and online information on them was scarce. This website appears to have the comprehensive list of local charging stations.

From the clients we’ve visited with who own EVs, their advice to people who are thinking about EVs is to treat charging more like charging your cell phone that fueling a regular vehicle. Top it off every chance you get and try not to let it run too far down, as it can take a long while to fully charge from there.

If you have further questions about EV charging stations, feel free to give us a call!

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