EV Chargers

EV Chargers

A Comprehensive Guide to EV Chargers for Residential Homeowners

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular, the importance of having a convenient and efficient way to charge them at home is growing. For residential homeowners, installing an EV charger can not only add convenience but also increase the value of the property. Here’s everything you need to know about EV chargers for your home.

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Understanding EV Chargers

There are three main types of EV chargers, known as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 (DC Fast Chargers). For residential use, Level 1 and Level 2 chargers are most relevant.

1

Level 1 Chargers

These chargers use a standard 120-volt household outlet.

They do not require any special installation.

Charging with a Level 1 charger is slow, typically adding about 3-5 miles of range per hour.

This type is suitable for plug-in hybrid vehicles or for EV owners with short daily commutes.

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Level 2 Chargers

These chargers use a 240-volt outlet, similar to what you would use for a dryer or oven.

They require professional installation to ensure they meet electrical codes and safety standards.

Level 2 chargers are significantly faster, adding about 20-60 miles of range per hour.

They are ideal for fully electric vehicles and for homeowners who need quicker charging times.

3

Level 3 Chargers

Direct Current (DC) fast chargers, are a type of EV charging station that provide rapid charging by supplying direct current electricity directly to the battery of an electric vehicle.

This method bypasses the vehicle’s onboard charger, which is typically used in slower, alternating current (AC) charging.

DC fast chargers can charge an EV battery to 80% in about 20-40 minutes, depending on the battery capacity and the power output of the charger.

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Benefits of Installing an EV Charger at Home

1

Convenience

Charging your EV at home means you can plug in overnight and wake up to a fully charged vehicle.

It eliminates the need for frequent trips to public charging stations.

2

Cost Savings

Home electricity rates are typically lower than the cost of using public charging stations.

Some utility companies offer special rates for EV charging, further reducing costs.

Our WMS Energy experts will also help you with getting solar to pair with your EV charger making it even more cost effective in both the short and long term! We can help you determine how much electricity your particular vehicle will demand along with the EV solution you choose to go with.

3

Increased Property Value

As EVs become more common, having an installed EV charger can make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

It positions your property as future-proof and environmentally friendly.

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Installation Considerations

1

Electrical Capacity

Before installing a Level 2 charger, ensure your home’s electrical system can handle the additional load.

Our electrician may need to upgrade your panel or wiring to accommodate the charger before we can install it.

2

Product Selection & Installation Type

Our installers can purchase and install the equipment for you.  We have access to most of the top EV Charging solutions in the market

If you’ve already purchased your desired equipment, we can install what you have. 

3

Location

Choose a location that is convenient for parking your vehicle and close to your electrical panel to minimize installation costs.

Consider weatherproof options if the charger will be installed outdoors.

4

Permits and Codes

We will check local building codes and obtain necessary permits before installation.

Using our licensed electrician ensures the installation meets all safety and code requirements.

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Choosing the Right EV Charger

Compatibility

Ensure the charger is compatible with your specific vehicle model.

Some chargers offer universal connectors, while others are designed for specific brands.

Smart Features

Look for chargers with Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to monitor and control charging from your smartphone.

Smart chargers can provide detailed usage data, schedule charging times, and integrate with home automation systems.

Warranty and Support

Choose a charger from a reputable manufacturer that offers a solid warranty and customer support.

Choosing Wash Me Solar Energy (WMS Energy) for your EV Charger

Experience and Reputation

Wash Me Solar has been in business for over 5 years, is a reputable company and has partner relationships with some of the best EV Charger Installation teams in Utah.  We have over 2000 customers, 130 Google reviews (all 5 Stars) and pride ourselves on taking great care of our customers.

Our installation partner teams are experienced, come with electrician backgrounds to ensure proper installation, quality service and reliable systems.

Warranty and Maintenance

Most EV Chargers come with a 1 year product warranty.  If included in a new solar solution, the EV Charger can be included in our Installation Team’s Workmanship Warranty.  

Wash Me Solar’s team are the experts in regular maintenance of your panels and solar solution.  

Our team at WMS Energy is well equipped to help you through your solar and EV Charging journey.  Give our team a call today to help you and experience the WMS Energy difference!