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EV Charging Installation
As more people purchase electric vehicles, almost all will want to install a home charger. To help Maine residents, We are expanding our sponsorship and relationship with professional EV charging installers.
Augusta/Lewiston area- coming soon
Mid-Coast / Central Highlands /Bangor – http://bangorevcharging.com/
Southern Maine- http://evchargingportlandme.com/
EV Frequently Asked Questions
How do I charge an EV at home?
Most people who buy an EV, install a level 2 charger in a garage, driveway, or side of the home. Level 1 chargers are often included with vehicle purchase, but are slow (5 miles of charge/hour)
How do I install a level 2 charger?
Level 2 chargers require a 240-volt outlet (electric clothes dryer equivalent). Some homeowners may need to upgrade their electrical panel if they have an older or under powered home. A licensed electrician is in order. Chargers are typically installed in garages but can be mounted on pedestals in driveways, along curbs, or on the side of buildings.
What can I expect from a level 2 charger?
Charging capabilities are between 25–30 miles per hour, so most EVs will fully charge overnight.
How much does it cost to install an EV charger at my house?
Typical level 2 chargers can be installed for as little as $800 with most installed under $2000 with site work. Panel upgrades will cost more.
How long does an electric car take to charge at a public charger?
Charging speed depends on an assortment of elements including the current battery percentage the peak rate that the vehicle can accept, and the ultimate rate that the charging equipment can provide. Typically, a 20-80% charge will take about 30 minutes, on average, regardless, some cars may charge faster or slower.
Rates of charge in miles per minute range from 3–20 miles per minute.
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