As more and more people transition to electric vehicles, the demand for home electric vehicle (EV) car chargers has skyrocketed. Having a home EV charger is convenient, efficient, and saves you time and money in the long run. If you are considering getting a home EV charger, there are several factors to consider to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. If you have recently purchased an electric vehicle, or are thinking about making the switch, one of the most important considerations is how you will charge your car at home. While many electric vehicle owners rely on public charging stations or workplace charging, having a home electric vehicle car charger is a convenient and cost-effective option. Here, we will discuss some important considerations for getting a home electric vehicle car charger.

Compatibility & The Right EV Charger For You

The first consideration when getting a home EV charger is compatibility with your electric vehicle. Not all EV chargers are compatible with all EVs. Renewables Ireland are experts in EV car chargers, and can help make the right choice and ensure compatibility with your vehicle’s make and model.

There are several different types of chargers available, including Level 1 chargers, which use a standard household outlet, and Level 2 chargers, which require a dedicated 240-volt circuit. Level 2 chargers are faster than Level 1 chargers, and are a better option for most electric vehicle owners. Additionally, you will need to choose between a hardwired charger, which is permanently installed, or a plug-in charger, which can be easily moved from one location to another.

Charging Speed

The next consideration when getting a home EV charger is charging speed. Charging speed is determined by the amount of power that the charger can deliver to your vehicle. The charging speed is measured in kilowatts (kW) and can range from 3.6 kW to 22 kW, depending on the charger. The higher the charging speed, the faster your vehicle will charge. However, it is important to note that charging speed is also limited by the capacity of your vehicle’s battery.

Installation Considerations

Once you have chosen the right charger for your needs, the next step is to consider the installation process. Installing a home electric vehicle car charger can be a complex process, and it is important to work with a qualified electrician to ensure that the installation is done safely and correctly. Some important considerations for installation include the location of the charger, the type of circuit breaker required, and any local permitting requirements.

Installing a home EV charger requires an electrical circuit to be installed in your home, and this should only be done by a qualified service provider such as Renewables Ireland. The cost of installation can vary depending on the complexity of the installation.

Cost Considerations

The cost of a home electric vehicle car charger can vary widely depending on the type of charger you choose and the complexity of the installation process. Level 2 chargers are generally more expensive than Level 1 chargers, and hardwired chargers are more expensive to install than plug-in chargers. Additionally, there may be additional costs associated with permitting, electrical upgrades, and other installation requirements. However, it is important to remember that the cost of a home electric vehicle car charger is a one-time expense, and can be offset by the savings you will realize from not having to rely on public charging stations.

Warranty & Support

When choosing a home electric vehicle car charger, it is important to consider the warranty and support options available. While Renewables Ireland takes support for all our clients charger needs are always met to the highest standards, warranties can vary depending on the actual EV charger manufacturer. Renewables Ireland always recommends products with the most comprehensive warranty, and best support options.

Talk to Renewables Ireland for more expert advice and helpful information on EV car chargers for the home.