Factors to Consider When Installing EV Chargers
Choose a Reputable Installer
Not every electrician is equipped to install EV charging equipment. Be sure to only work with a company experienced in electric vehicle chargers. Ask about their licensing and certifications. The installer may even be able to get you a list of companies they’ve serviced in the past.
Invest in the Right Charging Option
Comparing EV charger levels? Commercial EV chargers typically offer two levels of charging: Level 2 (208-240V) and Level 3 (480V). Level 2 chargers are more common and suitable for most electric vehicles used for daily commuting. They can charge a vehicle in 4-8 hours, depending on the battery size.
Level 3 chargers, also known as DC fast chargers, can charge a vehicle much faster, typically in 30-60 minutes. However, they are more expensive and require more power, making them suited for commercial use or highway rest stops.
Inquire About Warranties & Maintenance Requirements
Consider any warranties and maintenance requirements of your proposed EV charging equipment. Look for a charger that provides a robust warranty to ensure any defects or issues can be promptly addressed. Additionally, ask your installer about the requirements and costs of ongoing maintenance services, including firmware updates and inspections, to keep the charger operating optimally.