What You Need to Know About EV Charging

Electric car sales continue to increase, especially as manufacturers are introducing new models every few months. Because of this, there is a growing need to fill the batteries each night with home chargers. Although many drivers charge their EV batteries at their workplaces or other public places, the US Department of Energy states that over 80% of EV charging happens at home, where EV owners have set up their own chargers.

So here’s what you need to fully charge your EV battery before you leave or to keep it charged while you are taking a long drive.

What to Do With EV Panels

EV panels need to be placed in a fixed location and connected to the power grid. So a great place to set one up is at your home. You can easily have it installed on the side of your garage and then charge your electric vehicle from there. Make sure to think about where the car will be parked while charging to help determine a ​good location​ for the charging station.

There are three levels of charging available for electric cars today: Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast charging.

  • Level 2 charging requires a standard 120-volt outlet. All electric vehicles come equipped with a cord that you can plug into a common outlet. It’s exactly like charging a smartphone or laptop.
  • Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt outlet and a charging unit.
  • DC fast charging is the fastest charging available for passenger cars.

We recommend having a 240-Volt Level 2 charging station. Level 2 charging can be installed at home, at the workplace, shopping centers, train stations, and other locations. Since some garages may not have a spare 240V outlet, an electrician will need to install a new outlet and possibly upgrade the electrical panel. Depending on the amperage, a Level 2 charger can provide around 20-30 miles of range per hour. For example, 30A circuits provide about 20 miles of range per hour.

Our selection of panels provides customers the needed versatility to achieve the optimal power outlet configuration for their desired power needs. From multiple receptacle choices to breaker interrupted and non-breaker, these receptacles have been utilized in powering electric vehicles,  recreational vehicles, work-shops tools, garage needs, and much more. They are intended for outdoor use and able to be locked to prevent vandalism or power theft. All enclosures are NEMA 3 rated and ETL listed to the UL standard.

Need a New EV Charging Panel?

At Big Electric Supply, we do all we can to provide individuals and businesses with the electrical parts and products they need. Whether you need products for your home, your place of business, or recreation, we can provide you with what you’re looking for. EV charging panels are one of the many products we offer, and with a full stock in our inventory, we won’t have any trouble supplying you with your panels.

When you’re looking for electrical supplies, Big Electric Supply has what you need. Contact us today with any questions, and we’ll be glad to help you in any way we can!