Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, due to their environmental benefits and cost savings over time. In order for these vehicles to be able to operate, they require a charging station that can supply them with the electricity they need to keep them running. Installing an EV charger at home can provide many benefits, making it an attractive option for those who own one of these cars or anyone considering purchasing one.
What is an EV charger and what does it do?
An EV charger is a device that supplies electric power from the electric grid to an electric vehicle. The charger works by connecting the car to a wall outlet and then converting the alternating current (AC) into direct current (DC). This DC current is then sent to the car’s battery, allowing it to charge.
The amount of time it takes to charge a car will depend on the size of the car and the amount of charge it needs. Some chargers also come with features such as automatic shut-off, which prevents the vehicle from becoming overcharged.
Also read: What To Know When Installing An EV Charger In Your Home
What are the benefits of installing an EV Charger at home?
Installing a fast EV charger at home provides several benefits.
Instead of having to find a public charging station every time you need to charge your car – which may be far away – you always have fast charging available at home.
A home charger also allows more flexibility in terms of scheduling when you need to charge your car, as you can charge it at any time of the day or night. Additionally, having an EV charger at home allows users to take advantage of cheaper electricity prices at non-peak times, such as at night. Chargers can even be set up to use energy from your solar panels and/or battery system for true energy independence!
Do I need an EV charger?
This depends on how often you drive your electric vehicle. If you only use your vehicle for short trips, you may not need to install an EV charger at home, as you can recharge your car at public stations. However, if you make regular long trips or if you rely on your electric vehicle for everyday use, then having an EV charger at home can prove to be extremely useful.
Additionally, if you live in an area with limited access to public charging stations, then having an EV charger installed at home may be a necessity.
Need an EV charger installed?
KC Electrics are Auckland’s EV charging experts. We install EV chargers in homes, offices and apartment blocks and will get you set up in no time! We include free home assessment, testing and commissioning, and setting up your smartphone apps. Please get in touch.