If you are a proud owner of an electric vehicle or planning to purchase one soon, installing a dedicated EV charger at home or your workplace can make a significant difference in your EV ownership experience.
However, there are eight top factors to consider when making this important decision – let’s discuss!
1. Charging Speed and Compatibility
The charging speed of an EV charger is a critical factor to consider.
So different EVs have varying charging capacities, and choosing a charger that aligns with your vehicle’s requirements is vital.
Level 1 chargers (120-volt) are suitable for occasional overnight charging but are slower compared to Level 2 chargers (240-volt), which are more commonly installed at homes and workplaces.
Level 3 chargers (DC fast chargers) are even faster, but they are typically found in public charging stations rather than residential installations.
Note: Overuse of these can impact the longevity of your battery life. We recommend turning to your EV manufacturer’s instructions for maintaining optimum battery life.
2. Electrical Capacity and Installation
Before installing an EV charger, it’s essential to assess your property’s electrical capacity.
So a Level 2 charger may require a dedicated 240-volt circuit, and if your electrical panel lacks the necessary capacity, you might need an upgrade.
Hiring a licensed electrician to perform a site survey and ensure your electrical system can handle the charger’s demand is crucial.
3. Location and Cable Length
The placement of the EV charger is vital for convenience and safety.
Consider the distance between your parking spot and the installation location.
Opt for a location that allows easy access to the charging port on your vehicle, minimising the risk of tripping hazards.
Additionally, choose an appropriate cable length to ensure flexibility while charging.
Note: Terawatt can assist with your solution, just contact us.
4. Smart Charging Feature
Modern EV chargers often come with smart features that enhance user experience and energy efficiency.
Some chargers allow scheduling charging times to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates, saving you money in the long run.
Others have smartphone apps or connectivity options, enabling remote monitoring and control of charging sessions.
5. Brand and Warranty
Invest in a reputable and established brand when choosing your EV charger.
Renowned manufacturers often provide better product quality and customer support. Terawatt have different chargers we recommend for the features and benefits they provide, just ask us.
Check the warranty terms to ensure you are protected against any potential defects or malfunctions.
If you plan to own multiple EVs in the future or anticipate a growing demand for EV charging, consider installing a charger with scalable capabilities.
Some chargers offer the ability to add multiple charging points to accommodate more vehicles without significant infrastructure changes.
7. Additional Services
Some EV charger providers offer additional services, such as maintenance plans or monitoring services.
These services can ensure your charger remains in top condition and help detect potential issues before they become significant problems.
Terawatt provide all the best additional services in the market, just get in touch with us today for more details.
8. Local Regulations and Incentives
Before installing an EV charger, familiarise yourself with local regulations and building codes that may apply to your area.
So in Queensland the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme provides eligible Queenslanders rebates of up to $6,000 for eligible new Zero Emission Vehicles purchased from 21 April 2023.
And for more details regarding your eligibility for the Zero Emission Vehicle Rebate Scheme – please check out this resource or alternatively contact us today and we’d be happy to talk you through it!
Installing an EV charger is a valuable investment for EV owners, offering convenience, cost savings, and environmental benefits.
So by considering factors like charging speed, compatibility, electrical capacity, location, smart features, brand reputation, scalability, and local regulations, you can make an informed decision and enjoy a seamless EV charging experience for years to come.
Need more help and guidance with EV charging installation? Sure! Because Terawatt are you EV charger installation experts and so get in touch today and we’ll happily answer all your questions!