How you can charge an EV at your house

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As the use of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow, the demand for EV charging infrastructure at home is growing. By installing an EV charger at home, you can guarantee your vehicle has a full battery charge every day, while also potentially contributing to a more sustainable future. Even though the number of public chargers is growing rapidly in Maine, the home charger is crucial once you buy an electric vehicle.

EV Charging Options

There are three main types of chargers available for EVs: Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast charging. Level 1 charging uses a standard 120-volt household outlet and provides a charging rate of about 4-5 miles of range per hour. Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt circuit and can provide up to 25 miles of range per hour, while DC fast charging is the fastest method but is typically only found at public charging stations.

For home charging, Level 2 charging is the most practical and cost-effective option for most EV owners. To install a Level 2 charger at home, you’ll need an electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) unit, which is essentially the charger itself, a 240-volt circuit, and an electrician to install the circuit and EVSE unit.

When selecting a location for your Level 2 charger, choose an area that is easily accessible and close to where you park your EV. Most garages and dooryards will have the necessary electrical infrastructure or proximity to existing power lines to support Level 2 charging.

When purchasing an EVSE unit, consider the charging rate, cord length, and additional features such as Wi-Fi connectivity or scheduling. Popular brands include ChargePoint, JuiceBox, and Blink. Installation expenses will vary based on the complexity of the job and charger location, with an average cost between $500 and $1,500.

Once the EVSE unit and circuit are installed, you can start charging your EV at home by plugging it into the charger using the supplied charging cable. Charging time will depend on your battery size and the charging rate of the EVSE unit. Charging an EV at home can cost between 3.1 and 11.3 cents per mile driven, compared to a gas-powered vehicle which costs between 4.4 and 38.75 cents per mile driven according to JD Power.

By installing an EV charger at home and charging your EV using renewable energy sources like solar or wind power, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to creating a network of charging infrastructure that makes clean transportation more accessible to everyone. Plus Efficiency Maine will help you secure financial incentives such as tax rebates and

In conclusion, installing an EV charger at home is a practical and sustainable option that guarantees reliable charging from the comfort of your own home.

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