What sets ABC’s installation services apart from others?
At ABC, all our electricians are licensed and work under the direction of a Master Electrician. Just like with electrical service in another part of your home, our electricians know local code requirements for a charger installation. Additionally, they’re equipped with most parts, pieces or equipment that allows them to know a charger is functioning properly when installed. Plus, our electricians will obtain necessary permits and manage any inspection of the completed installation by city or county inspectors.
What’s the difference in Level 1 and Level 2 charging?
Installing a Level 1 charger is the simplest way to power up in your garage, because it plugs into a normal 110-volt wall outlet. The downside? Charging your battery fully can take a while. Most Level 1 charger plug-ins get about four to five miles of driving from each hour of charge, and how long a full recharge can take is dependent on the battery size of your EV. If you regularly run your battery down to single digits of battery life, a Level 1 charging station probably won’t cut it. On the other hand, if you mostly travel short distances and have significant time between driving trips, a Level 1 charger may be just the right fit.
A Level 2 charger allows you to get on the road faster at full charge. 240-volt chargers should be professionally installed and have a current of up to 32 Amps. Depending on the model of EV you own and how frequently you drive it, it’s possible to fill up about five times faster than with a Level 1 charger. If you drive long distances all the time, don’t have access to a high-powered charger near your destination or don’t want to wait so many hours before you get moving again, a Level 2 charger is the right choice for you and can be installed either hardwired or portable.
A portable Level 2 charger option is good if you need flexibility in your charging options or aren’t ready to permanently install one at home. The charger delivers charging at about three times the speed of a Level 1 station, and you can take it on the road with you as needed. The outlet you plug this portable charger into will need the necessary voltage and correct NEMA Configuration to take full advantage of this equipment.
Is ABC certified to do fast charger installs?
You bet! ABC is proudly certified by one of the largest manufacturers in the world–Tesla.
How does the estimate process and installation work?
We offer a standard one-day installation service with prior site visit for assessment and to address any questions you may have in advance. If you choose ABC for this installation project, we’ll handle the permitting process, gather necessary supplies and arrange a convenient day for you to give us access to the installation area to complete our work. All you need to do is speak with one of our Customer Service Representatives who will ask you a few questions and get your initial site visit on the books, and we’ll take it from there.
Can you install any brand of charger for any vehicle?
You bet! From a Tesla to a Nissan, to a Ford and beyond, we have the expertise to install any brand of car or equipment needed.
Are electrical permits required?
Permitting always depends on the rules of your municipality. At the time of your initial site visit, our electrician will let you know about the permit requirements of your installation. Additionally, if you’re seeking rebates from a utility provider, companies can sometimes require a post-install inspection (depending on the utility company’s internal requirements). We will help coordinate the inspection process if required.
*Please be sure and communicate to us on the initial visit if you will be seeking a rebate from your utility provider.
What decisions will I need to make for a fast charger?
First, you’ll want to decide where you want the charger installed. If your garage is the preferred place, we can help you select what wall and exactly how it can be best configured within your space for access.
Next, you’ll need to decide if the charger is going to be hardwired into your home or if you’re going to use a portable charger that works just as well, but can be unplugged and taken with you. Remember, both the plug at your home and any place you may take your portable charger need to be 240-volt plugs–just like your clothes dryer–and will require a licensed electrician to connect them into the main electrical panel of your home.
What does a standard 240-Volt installation include?
- Permit will be pulled (fees may apply)
- Proper 240-volt receptacle (plug)
- 20 or 40 ampere, 240-volt circuit breaker installed in existing utility panel
- 50 feet or less of connecting wire from utility panel to the EV charger or 240-volt receptacle where your EV charger will be connected (or plugged in if using portable charger)
- The EV charger or 240-volt receptacle will be fully tested and verified as operational
- Customer will be advised on operation and troubleshooting
Is there anything I need to do to prepare my house for the installation?
The average house has around 120 or 125 amps of power coming into it, and each amperage requirement for a car charger is 50 amps. Many times, special arrangements need to be made in order to get enough power coming into your house to add the charging stations into your home’s power needs. Our licensed professionals will help you make this evaluation with your installation.
How do I get started?
Getting started is as simple as calling our office or filling out an estimate request online. We’ll schedule your site visit and estimate preparation and get things moving forward as soon as possible!