How to Install an Electric Vehicle Charger at Home
Imagine never going to a gas station again. It's the beautiful daily reality of electric vehicle drivers who quickly and comfortably connect their car to their home, avoiding the hassle of driving to the pumps. (And the fumes!)
For the best fossil-free driving experience, we recommend installing a 240-volt home EV charging station. Unlike the Level 1 charger that typically comes with your electric vehicle, the Level 2 charger can add enough power for a typical 35-mile drive in less than two hours (compared to about eight hours with a Level 1 charger) .
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) But how do you install a Level 2 home EV charger?
It's actually quite simple, especially if it's a plug-in model and you already have the 240 V socket. Follow the simple instructions provided in the user's manual. use of JuiceBox. Or hire your local electrician to do it for you - it's usually an inexpensive exercise. So how to install the EV charger at home?
Read on for a full rundown of what to expect when installing an EV charging station at home.
First question: electrician or handyman?
Enel X recently surveyed over 1,000 JuiceBox customers. One-third of EV owners installed the EV charging station themselves, while about two-thirds hired an electrician for the installation.
Of those who hired an electrician, about 40% spent less than $500, 65% spent $800 or less, and 34% spent more than $800.
Enel X can help you find a qualified local installation partner at the right cost.
Second question: fixed cable or socket?
Level 2 home electric vehicle chargers, the size of a shoebox, must be connected to a 240-volt power source in the home. (A separate cable, which runs from the EV charging station, is the one that connects to the car.) Some municipalities require the EV charging station to be connected to the household electrical grid.
It's more common in the Northeast. A wired connection to the charging station will almost certainly be the case if the charger is exposed to the elements. For this, you will need a licensed electrician to connect the device directly to the circuit.
If that's an option, an easier route may be to install a heavy-duty power outlet, similar to those used for a clothes dryer, but with a slightly higher wattage tolerance to be able to withstand 240 volts. The socket will be provided with the charging station.
Or you can purchase an electrical outlet adapter that plugs into a clothes dryer outlet. The charger then simply plugs into the socket. If you move in the future, the charger can be unplugged and come with you. The most common plug types used for electric vehicles are NEMA14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plugs. Find out which type of plug is right for you.
Our survey results showed that 76% of JuiceBox customers use the plug-in option and 24% use the wired option.
Rules of Thumb
Whether or not you hire an electrician and choose wiring or an electrical outlet, there are a few rules to follow. Initially, the home electric vehicle charging station will be connected to the switch of the home electrical panel that serves the garage or driveway. This power supply must be on a circuit rated for at least 125% of the unit's continuous load. The math is basic.
• Buy a JuiceBox40 and the circuit should be 50 amps.
(40 amp chargers are suitable for almost all electric vehicles.)
• Take a JuiceBox48 and the circuit should be 60 amps.
(48 amp chargers are faster, but only certain electric vehicles, those with 11 amp kW, can use the booster.)
Once you have the amperage required, the final consideration is where to place the charging station.
Here's what you need to consider:
• Make sure the charging station is close to the vehicle's charging socket.
• Place it at least 18 inches off the ground. or above ground.
• Make sure the station is within range of your Wi-Fi network or an LTE router (to take advantage of smart/critical connected features).
Now that you have the necessary power supply, the right socket and you have chosen a strategic point for your charging station, it is time to install this puppy. Safety first !
Turn off the switch of the socket or the electrical connection of the wired charging station.
The Level 2 JuiceBox Charging Station weighs between 15 and 17 pounds depending on the model. Dimensions are 7.6" x 18.6" x 5.
6". The input cable is two feet long, so the JuiceBox should be mounted near the outlet. Use a stud finder to determine a suitable mounting location, then use the two screws to secure the bracket Tighten the screws as instructed in the instructions and secure the JuiceBox using the easy mounting bracket.
Plug in the charging station, turn the circuit breaker back on and confirm that it has power.
If the green bar on the front of JuiceBox lights up, you're in business. Wrap the charging dock's charging cable (the one that leads to the Mobile Connector that connects to the car) around the mount. You are almost ready for your first home charging session.
There's one last step, and it's important. With a smart charger like the JuiceBox Home Electric Charger, you'll be able to schedule electric charging to happen automatically during the cheapest off-peak hours.
Utilities offer premium rates for EV airtime to ensure that EV drivers maximize the use of renewable energy, which is more abundant at certain times of the day.
This requires JuiceBox to connect to Wi-Fi to take advantage of the JuiceNet IoT platform. The mobile app makes it a breeze. Open Wi-Fi settings on your smartphone while standing near the JuiceBox. Go to the configuration functions, select the WiFi network and enter the WiFi password.
ClickConnect and that's it.
That's it. Drive your electric vehicle near the charging station and plug it in. Sit while electricity flows through the batteries. Charging stations for electric vehicles do not require any maintenance.
Once configured, charging your electric vehicle will be a breeze.