How To Prep Your Home For an EV

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More and more Denver drivers have found themselves thinking about things like installing an electric vehicle home charger, thanks to the rising popularity of EVs. And when it comes to driving a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle, charging batteries is something that needs to be planned for. For instance, should you consider installing an electric vehicle charging station at home? We’ve put together the guide below on how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle and discuss how to know whether it’s necessary to buy an electric vehicle home charger.

Should You Buy an Electric Vehicle Home Charger?

There’s very little you’ll need to do to prepare your home for an electric vehicle if you plan to simply use the cord that comes with your car. However, when you use this method to charge an electric vehicle, charging batteries can take 12 hours or often longer. A Level 2 electric vehicle home charger shortens that time considerably. However, these chargers must be purchased separately, and installing an electric vehicle charging station at home needs to be done by a professional electrician. Here’s how to determine if you need an electric vehicle charging station:

  • Public charging – You just run short errands in a city with lots of public electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Level 1 home charging – You drive less than 50 miles a day, which covers most Aurora commutes. Charging batteries this way can often take overnight or longer. This method only uses the cord that came with the vehicle.
  • Level 2 home charging – You drive more than 50 miles a day or need to charge the car faster than overnight. This method requires an electric vehicle home charger.

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Lots of busy drivers who don’t live in an area with a lot of public charging stations have decided that installing an electric vehicle charging station at home is right for them. Follow these steps:

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle – Level 2 Home Charging

  • Clean your garage and prepare a space for the charger.
  • Purchase your charger from your car’s manufacturer or a retailer like Home Depot
  • Hire an electrician to install it. Chevrolet collaborates with Qmerit to help you with this part.

Come See the Efficient Vehicles at Fisher Acura of Boulder

Did you know that Acura will be producing an electric SUV in 2024? In the meantime, come check out the current efficient yet luxurious models in the Acura lineup. We’d be happy to help you drive home in one of your own. We’re just down the road from Broomfield. So, stop by or give us a call.

 

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