Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining rapid popularity as a sustainable alternative to gasoline cars. One of the essential aspects of owning an EV is understanding the different types of chargers available to keep your vehicle running. In this blog post, we at Stan's Heating, Air, Plumbing & Electrical aim to explore the various types of EV chargers that we offer, explain their pros and cons, and help you make an informed choice.
Level 1 chargers utilize the simplest form of EV charging technology. They operate at a 120V alternating current (AC), which is the standard voltage for household electrical outlets in the United States. This charger uses a three-pronged connector that fits into a standard wall outlet and a connector that plugs into your vehicle. Typically, the charger contains a simple box on the cable that converts household AC electricity into direct current (DC) that can be fed into your car's battery.
Level 1 chargers are perfect for people who drive limited distances and can afford to charge overnight.
Level 2 chargers operate at 240V AC, which is the same electrical voltage often used for household appliances like ovens and dryers. Unlike Level 1 chargers, Level 2 units typically need a dedicated circuit and are hardwired to the electrical grid. They often include smart technology, enabling you to control the charger via a mobile app. The charger's internal box converts the AC electricity from the grid into DC form that your EV’s battery can store.
A 240V circuit is essential, and installation should be carried out by certified electricians like the ones at Stan's Heating, Plumbing & Electrical.
Choosing the right electric vehicle charger depends on your driving habits, whether you have the facility for installation, and how fast you need to charge your vehicle. Level 1 is suitable for infrequent drivers and Level 2 is for daily commuters. Wireless charging, while promising, is still in its infancy but holds great future prospects. No matter your needs, Stan’s Heating, Plumbing & Electrical has the expertise to assist you in making the right choice and providing professional installation services. Contact us today to request your service or to get any questions you may have answered.