Are you the owner of a plug-in electric vehicle or planning to purchase one in the near future?
If so, our team of electricians can install an EV car charging station or dedicated circuit to get your car charged and ready to go!
Plug-in electric vehicles provide a significant savings on gas. Whether you live in a home or a condo, you can count on Alan Goldberg Electric to professionally install a new charging station for your plug-in electric car!
Car Charging Basics
Q: Do I need to install a charging station at home?
A: The charging station is necessary if you want to charge your EV at a faster rate. You can charge your EV using the 120 V socket (we recommend a dedicated circuit) which could take about 10 to 20 hours to fully charge your EV, depending on the car make and model.
Q: Do I need to install a second electric meter?
A: Check with your community’s power company, but it’s likely that you’ll need a sub-meter for EV charging stations. Some municipalities provide the meter and the socket at no charge for single family properties. Again, contact your power company for residential and commercial requirements and details.
Car Charging Stations
Initially, the installation of electric car charging stations at home will be part and parcel of the EV buying process, meaning you won’t be able to do one without the other. While Chevy Volt owners will be able to get away with charging their cars off of a standard 110V wall outlet, Nissan LEAF customers will only be able to buy a LEAF if they’ve either completed the installation of a home charging unit from Nissan’s exclusive contractor, AeroVironment, or signed a waiver with Nissan certifying that they’ve installed their own charging equipment.
The difference comes down to the size of the battery pack. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid (or extended range electric vehicle, as GM prefers to call it) with a small battery pack, whereas the LEAF is a pure electric with a battery pack that is, effectively, 2-3 times the size of the Volt’s (the Volt has a 16 kWh battery pack but only ever uses 8 kW of it; the Nissan LEAF has a 24 kWh battery pack, but will likely only use between 80-90% of it to increase battery life). To achieve a full charge on the LEAF using a 110V outlet would take all day—seriously.
Nissan has said that the average cost of installing a Level II home charging unit would run about $2,200—and, so far that seems to be running true. Given that the LEAF is really the only mass-market car in need of installation of a Level II home charger until about 2012, the demand for home charging units from other companies besides AeroVironment will likely be low until then, unless a significant amount of early adopters choose to organize the installation of their own chargers.
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