Since Telsa Motors introduced the first highway-legal electric car in the late 2000s, the automotive industry has made great strides to bring more innovative electric vehicles to the consumer market. Electric car charging stations are popping up at shopping centers, government buildings, airports, and car dealership—and many, many more locations throughout U.S. With more than two dozen models now available, the switch to driving electric is a trend that keeps on growing.
Are you among the 19,000 Floridians driving a registered electric vehicle, or do you plan to purchase an electric car or motorcycle in the near future? If so, in order to conveniently charge your EV, you will need an Miami EV charger installed in your home. The certified electricians at Miami Electric Masters have put together a few helpful tips to help you plan for your first EV charger in your Miami home:
Up Your Amp Capacity
The general rule of thumb is to install an EV charger that can handle at least 30 amps on a circuit breaker rated for at least 40 amps. Also known as a Level 2 charger, with a 30-amp service, you should be able to add about 30 miles of range for every one hour your electric car is on the charger. Even if your current car doesn’t charge at the 30-amp level, you’ll thank yourself when you upgrade in a few years—plus guests will appreciate being able to get a full charge while they visit.
Location, Location, Location
Where do you generally park your vehicle? You want to locate your charger in a convenient location because you will need to charge your EV almost nightly using its charging cable. Measure the distance between the location where you plan to locate your EV charger and your vehicle’s charging port. You may need the assistance of an certified Miami electrician to install your EV charger and add more conduit if you are unable to locate your EV charger close enough to your vehicle, or if you want to increase its length to accommodate a second—or even third—electric vehicle.
Portable or Permanent?
Now it’s time to select the right EV charger for your lifestyle: plug-in or hardwired. If you opt for a plug-in charger, you can simply unplug it to take on vacation, when you move, or if it requires service—you can also easily upgrade a plug-in charger at a later date. This will most likely require hiring a Miami electrician to add an outlet to your home. To hardwire your EV charger, your electrical panel will need to be within reach of your vehicle’s charging cable. If you choose to permanently hardwire your EV charger, a Miami electrician would be needed to move it in the future.
In the age of smart devices at every turn, Wi-Fi enabled EV chargers with features like timers, meters, and touchscreens are an option to consider. While an EV charger with all the bells and whistles might be exciting, many of the features are already available on electric vehicles or though mobile apps. Plus, if you loose the Wi-Fi connection to your EV charger, it can shut down unexpectedly. To track electricity usage of the vehicle, you can meter your charging separately or select an add-on device that is connected to your Miami home’s smart grid.
If you are considering a EV charger for your Miami home, the certified electricians at Miami Electric Masters stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and products, and will happily work with you to select and install the right EV charger for your needs. Give us a call today or fill out our online form to request a free, no-obligation estimate!