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A level 2 EV charger installed outside of the house near the driveway

EV Charger Installation Services

As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to gain popularity, the need for home charging stations also grows.

The best way to enjoy an EV is to have it fully charged every time you leave the house, eliminating range anxiety. Due to their large battery capacity, EVs often take a long time to charge if your home can’t accommodate a proper EV charger, so you may need to install one.

Installing an EV charger requires the expertise of a licensed electrical contractor to ensure safety and compliance with the Ontario government’s regulations. Read on to learn more about the process of an EV charger installation by a professional electrician, covering key considerations, requirements, and benefits.

EV charger installation process

If you’re considering installing an EV charger at home, these are some of the steps that need to be taken into consideration:

Assess your home’s electrical capacity

Electric vehicles require a considerable amount of power. Ensuring that your electrical panel can manage the additional load is essential. If your home needs an electrical panel upgrade, an electrical contractor can help evaluate and upgrade your panel.

Determine the location for the charger installation

It’s crucial to consider factors such as proximity to your vehicle, accessibility for the electrical wiring, and compliance with electrical codes. A licensed electrical contractor can assess these considerations and recommend the most suitable placement for your EV charger.

Understand the relevant building codes and regulations

It is crucial to hire a licensed electrician to ensure compliance and safety. In Ontario, Licensed Electrical Contractors (LEC) are required to hold an ECRA/ESA license. Here at SiteTech Electrical, we are Licensed Electrical Contractors, we are fully insured and take measures to minimize the risks associated with electrical work.

Select the appropriate EV charger level

Electric vehicles can handle various levels and types of charging, utilizing different voltages (Volts) and amperages (Amps) to operate. There are three levels of charging for EVs, with Level 1 and 2 being suitable for charging at home.

  • Level 1: This charger is designed to be used with a standard 120 Volt household outlet. It provides the slowest speed of charging for an electric vehicle.
  • Level 2: These charging stations require the same power specifications as a major household appliance such as a stove or dryer (240 Volts, 30-50 Amps). Level 2 provides quicker charging compared to level 1.
  • Level 3: Level 3 charging stations are designed for commercial use and are not suitable for home installation.

Why hire a licensed electrician for EV charger installation?

Hiring a licensed electrician for EV charger installation is crucial to ensure safety, compliance with regulations, and proper assessment of your home’s electrical capacity and suitable charger type. We will take care of everything, including:

– Electrical system evaluation and capacity planning

– Compliance with safety standards and regulations

– Assurance of proper installation and functionality

– Warranty and insurance coverage for the installation work

 

Professional EV Charger Installation by SiteTech Electrical

Installing an EV charger at home is a worthwhile investment that requires careful planning and professional expertise. By working with a licensed electrician, homeowners can ensure a smooth, safe, and professional installation process, ultimately enabling them to enjoy the convenience and sustainability of owning an electric vehicle.

If you are considering installing an EV charger, contact us for a free quote. We’ve installed over 100 EV chargers over the past 5 years, and we proudly serve the Greater Toronto and surrounding areas.

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