5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Electric Car Charger

If you’re eager to bring a Volkswagen home to Norwood for your next purchase, our inventory is brimming with suitable options. We have a strong selection of fan favorites and brand-new models to explore. If you’ve been eyeing an electric vehicle (EV), then the new Volkswagen ID.4 is the perfect fit. Making the switch to an EV comes with a host of benefits ranging from financial savings to reduced emissions.

However, if you’d like to truly indulge in the convenience of owning an EV, you’ll need to prepare your home for an electric vehicle. Namely, this means getting an electric vehicle charging station set up. If this seems like a daunting task, don’t fret! The experts here at Silko Volkswagen can help you learn how to get ready for an electric vehicle home charger below!

Step 1: Select Your Electric Vehicle Home Charger

First and foremost, when planning for your electric vehicle charging station for your Braintree garage, you’ll need to decide which charger type is suitable for your needs:

  • Level 1 EV charging stations can take a full day or more to charge an electric vehicle.
  • Level 2EV charging stations can provide 6-200 miles of driving range in just 20-30 minutes of charging. A full charge cycle often takes a few hours.

Step 2: Ready Your Garage

Next, you’ll want to clear a space for your electric vehicle so charging your batteries feels like a breeze. Remove any clutter to ensure you have the room needed to install your electric vehicle charging station and comfortably park your car.

Step 3: Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

In your home, you’ll find a power panel that distributes electricity to the entire building. Generally, new homes are equipped with a 100 amp power panel, but you’ll find the rating printed on your main circuit breaker.

From there, you’ll want to establish how much energy you typically use by performing a self-assessment of your energy consumption. This is an important step before installing your electric vehicle home charger as you do not want to overload your electric distribution panel.

Step 4: Hire an Electrician

Hiring an electrician will enable you to discuss any questions or concerns you have about the process. After that, you can have them install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. In most cases, this project will cost just a few hundred dollars. However, if your power panel is insufficient for your electric vehicle to charge its batteries, you may need an upgrade. A power panel upfit can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.

Step 5: Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

If you haven’t already determined which type of charger you prefer, consult with a member of our team or your electrician to discuss the pros and cons of each option. Once you discern which charger is right for you, have it installed by your preferred electrician.

Learn More with Us in Brockton!

Whether you’d like to learn more about the current and upcoming Volkswagen EV models or you have lingering questions about installing a home charging station for your electric vehicle, contact Silko Volkswagen! Our friendly staff is here to help make your EV upgrade a smooth and enjoyable experience! Visit us near Hanover for more information.

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