As gas prices continue to rise seemingly every year, electric vehicles provide an environmentally friendly alternative. But switching from gas to electric vehicles can be a stressful transition if you don’t have an EV charger installed in your home.

In the latest blog post from Sanborn’s Air Conditioning & Heating, we’ll discuss the different types of EV chargers, the differences between them, and why you should have a professional install your EV charger. Schedule an EV charger installation appointment today with our team in Redlands, San Bernardino, and the Inland Empire area.

Different Types of EV Chargers

There are two types of EV chargers commonly found throughout California: Level 1 and level 2 EV chargers. Thankfully, all electric vehicles use the same standard plugs for type 1 and type 2 charging, making them universal options for EV owners.

A third type of EV charger, fast-charging DC stations, is typically only found in parking lots of restaurants, stores, or other commercial properties. While DC fast-charging stations are the quickest way to charge an electric vehicle, they cannot be installed on residential properties, as the charging station’s power requirements are too large.

It’s important to note that some vehicles may require additional adapters to connect to certain charging stations. Additionally, the charging time and range of an electric vehicle will vary depending on the vehicle model and its battery capacity.

Level 1 Charging Vs. Level 2 Charging

Level 1 Chargers

Level 1 EV chargers plug into a standard electrical outlet and typically provide up to 5 miles of range per hour. This 120-volt charging option is best for overnight charging and electric vehicles with smaller batteries.

Level 2 Chargers

Also called a dryer plug, level 2 EV chargers must be installed in your home by a professional. These can provide up to 25 miles of range per hour and are a great option for vehicles with standard batteries. Level 2 charging stations are 240-volt and provide homeowners with faster charging.

Should You Install an EV Charger On Your Own?

If you’re planning on only using level 1 EV chargers, no further installation will be needed as long as your charger can safely and easily access the closest wall outlet.

However, If you’re looking to install a level 2 charging station, you should contact a professional to ensure proper installation. Level 2 charging stations require a 240-volt electrical supply and may require additional electrical work, such as upgrading your home’s electrical panel. A professional electrician will be able to evaluate your electrical system and install the necessary equipment to allow for safe and effective electric vehicle charging.

Contact Sanborn’s for EV Charger Installation in the Redlands, San Bernardino, or Inland Empire Areas

Switching to an electric vehicle can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and help you save money on fuel costs in the long run. If you’re looking to install an EV charger at your Redlands, San Bernardino, or Inland Empire area home, Sanborn’s can help. Get in contact with our team today to learn more about your EV charger options or to schedule an appointment for installation services.