If you own an electric vehicle, Dawson's Electric can help you with an EV charging installation in Raleigh, NC. We can provide your home with the electric vehicle charger you need to keep your vehicle charged and ready to drive to work or other daily tasks.
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When you buy them from the dealership, electric vehicles come with a Level 1 charger. While these can charge your car, they are not very fast. Typically, Level 1 charging only adds three miles or less of driving range for every hour of charging. A Level 2 charger will give you a fully charged battery three to seven times faster than a Level 1 charger, depending on your specific vehicle and charger. Having a Level 2 charger installed allows you to plug in a nearly depleted EV in the evening and wake up to a full battery the next morning.
Level 2 EV chargers run on 240 volts, the same as some major household appliances like electric dryers. Standard wall outlets have only 120 volts. This means we must install a new 240-volt outlet for your unit. During installation, one of our professionals will ensure your electrical system has enough amperage to accommodate a charger. They will also assess the condition of your electrical panel. If your panel is obsolete, they will recommend a replacement.
Many worry about what charger to buy and install at home. Factors that affect selection include the unit’s output and the rate of charging your vehicle can handle. We recommend a 9.6-kilowatt charger, which will provide about 29 miles of driving range per hour of charging for a midsize crossover SUV. You can buy more expensive 11.5-kilowatt units, but we feel this is unnecessary for most people.
In addition, some EV chargers can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. These units track the energy used during each charging session and calculate the cost of the electricity for you. It also allows you to set a charging schedule. This means you can plug in your car but set the system to delay charging until off-peak hours when electricity may be cheaper. When helping you select a charger, we will let you know how much this feature will add to the installation cost. You can then decide if a Wi-Fi-enabled unit is worth the extra expense.
Another benefit of using Dawson's Electric for EV charging installation is we will help you select the most appropriate place to put your charger. Most homeowners put this device inside their garage. Our licensed electricians will determine where your wiring is and recommend an appropriate wall mount and a cord that will reach your vehicle’s charging port. Some chargers are suitable for outdoor use, giving you another option if space in your garage is tight. In this case, we can design an outdoor station for you.
Home Electric Vehicle Charger Benefits
Having an electric vehicle charger installed is a sensible decision. Using Level 1 charging at home is impractical unless you have a very short commute to work and don’t drive to other places often. On the other hand, using public charging stations is a hassle and difficult to fit into your busy schedule.
After having us install an electric vehicle charger, you will enjoy several benefits.
Increased home value
A longer lasting EV battery
Cheaper charging sessions
EV charging installation in Raleigh
At Dawson's Electric, we specialize in EV charging installation. We are a Tesla Authorized EV Installer, so you can be confident that you are receiving the best quality work. Our family-owned business has a strong work ethic with a team dedicated to customer service since 2005. When you contact us for an EV charger installation, our electrition will show up on time and treat you and your property respectfully.
Contact Dawson's Electric today if you have questions about EV charging installation in Raleigh.