Prepare Your Home for An Electric Vehicle: 5 Steps

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If you’ve just bought a new Volkswagen ID.4, or you’re considering upgrading to an electric vehicle, there are some steps you should take to make sure your home is ready for it. Most cars don’t require any prep work on your end when you bring them home, but electric vehicles need to be recharged regularly for them to run, so you’ll want to install an electric vehicle home charger.

While you can certainly find public electric vehicle charging stations around Dallas and Rockwall, you’ll probably be doing the majority of your charging from home. Luckily, the process to prepare your home for an electric vehicle is quite straightforward, and the service team at Rusty Wallis Volkswagen is here to help! Read on for five simple steps to get your garage ready for when your new EV comes home.

1. Choose a Charging Level

The first thing you need to do is decide what level of charge you want for your home charger. There are two levels of home charging—Level 1 and Level 2—but nearly every home charger runs on Level 2. Here are the details:

  • Level 1 chargers use the same 3-prong power outlets you find throughout your house, powering everything from your washing machine to your microwave. They can power your car too, but due to the comparatively massive size of the battery, it can often take several days to get to a full charge.
  • Level 2 chargers deliver 240v of power as opposed to 120v, and can fully charge your car in a matter of hours. Many drivers plug their car in before going to bed, and it’s at a full charge for their Mesquite commute the next morning. You can often get plenty of mileage in just 20-30 minutes of charging, so you can squeeze out a quick charge during the day just to get you to work and back.

There are also DC public electric vehicle charging stations, which are considered Level 3 chargers. These powerful chargers can usually get your battery up to 80% in less than an hour, but the timing varies and you do have to pay to use them.

2. Prepare Your Garage

Your EV and its charging apparatus will take up a lot of space, so make sure your garage is all cleaned out and ready for your new car before it shows up!

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

The next thing you should do is locate the power panel for your home. It’s in charge of distributing electricity throughout your property, which will soon include your electric vehicle home charger. Most power panels are rated for 100 Amps maximum, but you can find your specific rating printed on the main circuit breaker. After you’ve found the power panel, do a quick self-assessment of how much electricity you use on average throughout your house. This is important because you don’t want your new EV charger to overload the electric distribution panel and short out your power.

4. Hire an Electrician

You’ll want to hire a trusted electrician and discuss any concerns you may have about adding an EV to your electricity usage each month. They’ll install a dedicated 240-volt plug or hardwired circuit to the back of the power panel in preparation for your electrical vehicle home charger. This costs a couple hundred dollars if there are no issues, but will be much more ($1,000 to $3,000) if the electrician has to upgrade your power panel in the process so it can handle more electricity.

5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

Find the EV charger of your choice and go ahead and buy it, making sure you’re using a trusted professional electrician to install it.

Contact Rusty Wallis Volkswagen to Learn More!

To learn more about how to get the most out of your Volkswagen ID.4, check out our research on how long it takes to charge an electric car. If you’re interested in upgrading to an EV, check out the available Volkswagen ID.4 configurations and see what you like! Feel free to contact our office or stop by our dealership in Garland to talk to a member of our team about electric vehicle charging batteries or anything else we’ve discussed above.

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