With electric vehicles becoming more and more popular in Fort Worth, we get a lot of questions about the best ways to charge them at home. We want you to have the information you need to make the best choice about how to charge your EV. Keep reading, then contact us today if you have any more questions about electric vehicle chargers or if you’d like to schedule your installation.
What is a Level 2 EV Charger?
A Level 2 EV charger takes charging your electric vehicle to the next level. These charges use a 240-volt supply, just like your dryer does. This means installing it specially, but it also improves your charging situation in a few ways.
Level 2 chargers usually have two parts: a wall unit, and a plug. The wall unit is a small box, approximately 6”x8”, that attaches to your wall. This box has a screen, where you can see the status of the unit, how full the battery being charged is, and more details. A cord comes out of the bottom of the box. The plug is on the end of the cord. Simply plug into your vehicle and let it sit until it is charged.
Why Install a Level 2 Charger?
People choose level 2 chargers for a number of reasons. The most common ones include:
- They need to charge their vehicle faster. Level 2 chargers work between 3 and 10 times faster than the charger that vehicles come with. This can mean the difference between being able to get a full charge overnight and having to leave before the battery is fully charged in the morning.
- They need to be able to go farther. A partial charge might be fine some days, until you need to go farther than usual one day. If you can’t get where you need to go because your vehicle is taking too long to charge all the way, the level 2 charger can make a huge difference.
- They want to save money. If your vehicle charges faster, then you don’t have to have it plugged in and pulling electricity all the time. Instead, you can choose to charge when electrical demand is lower. In many places, you won’t pay as much for electricity during these times.
If these reasons make sense, then installing a new Level 2 EV charger might well be worth the cost for you. Reach out to us at Hop2It Electrical today and get yours put in soon.