How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle Home Charger

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Are you making the upgrade to an electric vehicle? Excellent choice! Before you start enjoying all the benefits they offer, there are a few things you’ll need to do to prepare your home for an electric vehicle. Specifically, you will need to get your garage ready for an electric vehicle home charger. While electric vehicle charging stations are becoming increasingly abundant in Chicago and New Lenox, you will likely do most of your EV charging at home. Learn how to prepare for an electric vehicle home charger with the team at Sutton Ford below, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!



1. Choosing a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

The first thing you’ll want to do is research the different types of electric vehicle home chargers. Most at-home electric vehicle charging stations are classified as Level 1 or Level 2. Here are the details:

  • Level 1 EV Charging – An EV usually takes days to reach a full charge with Level 1 charging.
  • Level 2 EV Charging – An EV typically takes several hours to reach a full charge with Level 2 charging. However, you can still get between 60-200 miles of range in only 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging. 

2. Prepare Your Garage

Next, you’ll want to prepare your garage for your electric vehicle charging station. If you haven’t cleaned out your garage in a while, take time to organize your belongings, remove any clutter, and do anything else you deem necessary.

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

One of the most crucial steps in preparing your home for an electric vehicle charging station is to determine how much energy your household uses. This will prevent you from overloading your electric distribution panel. Your home’s power panel is rated for a maximum amount of current flow measured in Amperes. Typically, newer homes come with a 100 Amp power panel, but you can find the amperage rating printed on your main circuit breaker.

4. Consult an Electrician

The next step is to hire an electrician. If you have any concerns about adding EV charging on top of your household’s current power consumption, be sure to discuss this with them. If necessary, the electrician can install a 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit to the power panel. You can expect this to cost around $200, but if your power panel is insufficient and requires upgrading, it could be anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.

5. Install Your Electric Vehicle Home Charger

If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to purchase your electric vehicle home charger and have an electrician install it. You’re ready to go!

Learn More EV Tips with Sutton Ford!

Now that you know how to prepare for an electric vehicle home charger, there’s nothing left to do but bring home your Ford F-150 Lightning to New Lenox and start enjoying the EV lifestyle! If you have questions about electric vehicles, charging batteries, or any other topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us. In the meantime, check out the latest research on all your favorite Ford models.


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