Electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, and with that comes the need for proper charging infrastructure. Choosing the right EV charger can be a daunting task, especially for those who are new to the world of EVs. In this blog post, we will discuss the factors that you should consider when choosing an EV charger.
1. Level of Charging
The first factor to consider is the level of charging that you require. There are three levels of charging – Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.
- Level 1 charging is the slowest, and it uses a standard 120V outlet.
- Level 2 charging is faster and requires a 240V outlet.
- Level 3 charging, also known as DC fast charging, is the fastest and is typically found in public charging stations.
Consider your daily driving habits and the distance you need to travel to determine the level of charging that you require.
2. Power Output
The power output of an EV charger is measured in kilowatts (kW). The higher the power output, the faster your vehicle will charge. However, higher power output also means higher installation costs. Consider your budget and the charging needs of your vehicle when choosing the power output of your EV charger.
3. Connector Type
There are two types of connectors – the Type 1 connector and the Type 2 connector. Type 1 connectors are typically found in older EV models, while Type 2 connectors are found in newer models. Make sure to choose an EV charger that is compatible with the connector type of your vehicle.
4. Smart Features
Smart features such as Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile apps can make charging your EV more convenient. With these features, you can monitor your charging status, schedule charging sessions, and even receive notifications when your vehicle is fully charged. Consider the smart features that are important to you when choosing an EV charger.
Finally, consider the installation process of your EV charger. The installation process can vary depending on the location of your charger, the power output, and the type of charger. Make sure to hire a licensed electrician who is experienced in installing EV chargers to ensure a safe and efficient installation.
Choosing the right EV charger is an important decision for EV owners. Consider the level of charging, power output, connector type, smart features, and installation when choosing an EV charger. At Erickson Electric Company, Inc, we offer EV charger installation services to help you make the right choice for your charging needs.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.