Top 5 EV Charger FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

At Peak EV Solutions, we hear many of the same questions from our customers. To address your concerns and help you make informed decisions, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to home EV charger installation, answering the top 5 EV charger FAQs (frequently asked questions) and providing expert advice. If you are ready to begin your project, contact us today.

1. Can I use my dryer plug with my EV charger?

A: While using a dryer plug as a temporary solution might be tempting, it’s not recommended for long-term use. Dryer plugs are typically rated at 40 amps, while most EV chargers require a 50-amp circuit. Overloading the circuit can lead to overheating, potential fire hazards, and damage to your EV.

To ensure safe and efficient charging, it’s crucial to install a dedicated industrial-grade plug with the appropriate amperage rating.

2. How long does it take to install an EV charger?

A: The installation timeline depends on various factors, including the location of the electrical panel, the desired placement of the charger, the length of wiring required, and any potential obstacles.

For straightforward installations where the panel and charger are within close proximity, the entire process, including estimation and installation, could be completed on the same day, taking approximately five hours. However, more complex installations involving panel upgrades or longer wiring runs may require additional time but can still usually be completed within one day..

3. How long will it take to charge my EV?

A: The charging time for your EV depends on three primary factors:

  • Battery Capacity: Larger battery packs take longer to charge than smaller ones.

  • State of Charge: A fully depleted battery will take longer to charge than a partially charged one.

  • Charging Power: The power of the charging station, measured in kilowatts (kW), significantly impacts charging time. Higher power means faster charging and shorter wait times.

For instance, a 100 kWh battery pack that is at 40% charge will take approximately 3 hours to charge to 70% on a 40-amp level 2 home charger with a charging power of 9.6 kW. To calculate your charge time, try out this Electric Vehicle Charging Time Calculator.

4. What is the best EV charger to buy?

A: The best EV charger for you depends on your specific needs and preferences. Consider the following factors when making your choice:

  • Maximum Charging Speed: Choose a charger that can meet your charging requirements based on your driving habits.
  • Features: Consider features like WiFi connectivity, mobile apps, and scheduling options.
  • Price: EV chargers vary in price, so set a budget before you start shopping.
  • Hardwired or NEMA 14-50: It’s important to consider whether you’ll want to hardwire your level 2 home charger or use a plug. Learn more here.
  • Rebates and Incentives: Many rebates and incentives require that you buy a specific charger. Be sure to make sure yours qualifies so that you can maximize your savings.

5. Why is it not possible to provide a phone estimate instead of having someone visit my home?

A: Providing an accurate estimate without a site visit can be challenging. Accurate measurements, panel capacity assessment, and wiring routing evaluation are crucial for determining the scope of work and the associated costs.

A site visit allows our qualified electricians to assess your specific situation and provide a detailed estimate tailored to your needs.

Expert Advice for a Smooth Home EV Charger Installation:

  • Seek Professional Assistance: Hiring a qualified electrician through Peak EV Solutions ensures a safe and compliant installation that meets local codes and standards.

  • Plan the Location Carefully: Consider factors like convenience, accessibility, and future expansion plans when choosing the charger placement.

  • Factor in Electrical Capacity: Ensure your electrical panel can handle the additional load of the EV charger. You may need a panel upgrade if necessary.

  • Choose a Reputable Brand: Select a charger from a reputable manufacturer known for quality and reliability. Check out our Charger Guide to help with your decision.

Ready to have your home charger installed? Reach out for a free quote!