Important things to consider about an electric vehicle charging station

More and more homeowners are choosing to go green by way of an electric vehicle (EV). With electric vehicle demand steadily increasing, there’s never been a better time to install an electric vehicle charger on your property. This makes it easy for you to switch to an EV whenever you choose. However, many homes lack the necessary electrical system to support an EV charger. You may need to upgrade your electrical panel or install a new conduit. Fortunately, EV chargers are fantastic long-term investments and are one of the best ways to future-proof your home.

Enerpro Electrical Services in Calgary shares helpful things to consider about an EV charging station.

100-amp panels

Unless your home was built very recently, it probably has a 100-amp panel and electrical service. The electrical service is the wiring that runs from the utility lines to the electrical meter base at your home.

While 100-amp was sufficient for many decades, it’s rarely enough to support an electric vehicle charging station. If you own limited electrical appliances (and no central air conditioning), then your 100-amp panel might do the trick. However, your EV is unlikely to charge at the maximum rate. On the other hand, if your home has every electrical appliance, including air conditioning, you must upgrade your 100-amp electrical service to 200-amp. If you’re unsure, contact your electrician. They can calculate the electrical load on your system to see if it can support an EV.

200-amp panels

Electricians in Calgary, like Enerpro Electrical Services, recommend a 200-amp panel and electrical system if you want an electric vehicle charging station. 200-amp systems are designed for modern energy demands. They can handle more power, more appliances, and electric vehicles. Whereas 100-amp panels struggle even with modifications, 200-amp thrives. 

Long-term investment

A 200-amp electrical system is a fantastic long-term investment regardless of your electric vehicle ambitions. First of all, you may want an electric vehicle in the future. If you already have a panel and electrical system that can support an EV charger, then it’s that much easier to switch to an EV later on.

Additionally, 200-amp systems are just better at handling modern energy demands. You can install newer and bigger appliances without stressing your electrical system. Plus, 200-amp systems are safer. These newer models are more effective against overloads and have more circuits to avoid breaker trips.

New home builds

Construction is the best time for an EV charger installation. This is because it’s easiest to access and modify a house’s electrical system during significant renovations and new home builds. After all, an EV charging station requires a specific electrical system, conduit, and panel. During construction, the walls and ceilings are already open. This enables your EV installer to efficiently run new wiring.

Digging a trench for the new conduit is a hassle post-construction. However, it’s simple to do while construction is ongoing. This trench line connects the panel, charging station, and electrical system. All in all, pre-wiring for an electric vehicle charging station is best done during construction. It’s far less expensive, less labour intensive, and future proofs your home. Even if an EV isn’t in your immediate future, factoring a charging station into your renovation saves you money down the road.

Upgrade your home with an EV charging station

Installing an electric vehicle charger in Calgary is an excellent investment for your home and future. Knowing that you can already charge at home makes it easier to switch to an EV at any point. Furthermore, the 200-amp electrical system and panel required for an EV charger is the best option for every modern home. It’s efficient, effective, and capable of handling present-day energy demands. Wiring your home for an EV brings your house into the 21st century.

Contact Enerpro Electrical Services Inc. to learn about installing an EV charging point in your home!

Phone: 403-254-0661


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