Given the popularity of electric vehicles (EV) these days, it’s no wonder that people are considering charging them at home. This means the purchase and installation of electric charging stations for their homes. However, most folks don’t have extensive knowledge when it comes to Home EV Chargers. Let’s talk here about what’s involved in having your very own Home EV Charger.
How to Choose Your Home EV Charger
When you start shopping around for your EV Charger, you’ll notice that there are basically two types for home use. Both Level 1 and Level 2 chargers each have their advantages and disadvantages outlined for you here:
Level 1 EV Chargers For the Home
Level 1 Chargers are smaller and plug into your existing 120v outlet. These are not the fastest, most efficient chargers. However, they do offer ease of installation, with no permits required, as long as you have the 120v at your disposal. Also, if you need to install a 120v outlet to accommodate the Level 1 charger, you’ll need a permit, and help from a licensed electrician.
Level 2 EV Chargers For the Home
Level 2 Chargers charge the vehicle much faster, but they do require 240 volts. So, installing a Level 2 charger will also require a permit, and you may need to contact the electric company for permission and a service upgrade. You may need to have the wiring changed in your home, depending on the age and capacity. A Level 2 charger will require a licensed and insured electrician to obtain permits and do the installation.
What Do I Need To Ask the Electrician Installing My EV Charger?
First, you want to make sure that they are licensed in the state of Maryland, and insured. This is true of any professional contractors that you use at your home, but it’s absolutely necessary in this case.
Also, ask about their experience in installing EV Chargers. Knowing that your electrician has experience will set your mind at ease.
Your electrician is the one to ask about what permits you will be required to carry. In fact, the permits will be applied for by the electrician, so they will have what they need to do the work.
What are the Rules for EV Charger Installation in Anne Arundel County?
FYI, in Anne Arundel County, you must obtain an electrical permit for ALL electrical work done after the construction period on a residential property. The person that applies for the permit must be an Anne Arundel County licensed Master Electrician, and they must be the person who is doing the installation.
Where to Go For Help With Your EV Charger Installation
If you’re considering adding an EV Charger to your home, you’ll need someone that’s got the expertise you need for the project. Contact us today at Deshaies Electric, your licensed and insured Master Electricians, with the experience you can trust.