Install a Home Charger
Electric cars have a lower total cost of ownership than gas-powered vehicles. But don’t forget to include the installation of a home EV charger in your calculation. The off-board charger, officially known as an E.V.S.E. or electric vehicle supply equipment, supplies electricity 240 volts of juice—significantly cutting down charging time at home. You’re going to want one.
It may surprise EV newbies to learn that an electric car’s charger is found on board the vehicle. The charger is not the thing on the wall, but rather the equipment buried in the guts of the car that takes an AC source of juice from your house, and converts it to DC—so your car’s battery pack can be charged.
This fact doesn’t stop nearly everybody from calling the wall-mounted box that supplies 240 volts of electricity a “charger.” That box, cord, and plug have a technical name—Electric Vehicle Service Equipment or EVSE—and if you have an EV, you’re going to want to install one at home.
Plug-in electric vehicles are now viable for most lifestyles and budgets. With more than two dozen models now commercially available, some 800,000 Americans have made the switch to driving electric. -PLUGINAMERICA.ORG
There are important differences between the various home chargers (uh, I mean EVSEs). And there
are a few best practices to keep in mind.
- The consensus among experienced EV drivers is that a capable and durable EVSE will cost around $500 to $700. You could spend a little bit less, or twice as much, but that’s the ballpark. This does not include installation.
- You should buy an EVSE that can handle at least 30 amps. The rule of thumb is that 30-amp service will roughly give you the ability to add 30 miles of range in an hour—just as 15 amps will add about 15 miles in an hour of charging. (These range numbers are somewhat optimistic.)
- Keep in mind that most plug-in hybrids (and the Nissan LEAF prior to the 2013 model) don’t take full advantage of the faster rate.
- Note: A 30-amp EVSE will need a circuit breaker rated for at least 40 amps.
EVSE Free Site Visit
- Before you buy an EVSE, we will come out for a free site visit to review the following:
- Location: Where will your electric car will be parked and think about the ideal location for this piece of equipment. This is a factor in cable placement that usually run from approximately 15 to 25 feet. We make sure your cord can easily reach where it needs to go and think about its length for a potential second plug-in car in your driveway or garage.
Licensed Electrical Contractor
We are a licensed Electrical,General and Solar Contractors, or a one stop shop for EV and Solar projects. It might be an option to run just a few feet of conduit—or dozens of feet. Longer copper runs will add installation cost, but because you’ll charge almost every night, you want it to be as convenient as possible.
Every Tennessee Solar Solutions’ installation is custom-designed and supervised by a one of our NABCEP-Certified ™ Leaders. NABCEP, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners is the “gold standard” for PV solar installation certification and was designed to raise industry standards.
As licensed Electrical and General Contractors, we give you the peace of mind that your project will be done right the first time!
Buyers of plug-in hybrids and electric cars benefit from a tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500, depending on the size of the battery in the car. On the low end of the spectrum, cars with 4 kWh battery packs will qualify for a $2,500 tax credit. The credit maxes out at $7,500 for cars with a 16 kWh battery pack, like the Chevy Volt. The credits were provided as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the “stimulus bill.” The incentive begins phasing out after an automaker sells 200,000 vehicles that are eligible for the credit.
Let’s put the plan into action. Please let us know if you have any questions.