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Electric vehicles offer tons of benefits for the average driver, and if you’re thinking of making the switch, there’s never been a better time to do it. Many Beachwood drivers ask us, “Can you charge electric vehicles at home?” and the answer is yes. In fact, there are several ways to charge your car in your own garage—but it takes a little bit of preparation. Learn how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle with Mercedes-Benz of Bedford, and get in touch for all of your automotive needs!
So, can you charge electric vehicles at home? Yes, and there are two primary options for your electric vehicle home charging station. Level 1 EV charging involves your standard electrical outlet, but it’s the slowest by far. A Level 2 EV charging station must be installed professionally, but it speeds up your charging time exponentially. Here’s more information about electric vehicle home charger options:
Before you bring your EV home, we recommend cleaning out your garage. A little spring cleaning is a good idea for convenience and also practicality. If you plan to install a Level 2 electric vehicle home charging station, it makes sense to clear out the clutter before your appointment.
Next, you’ll need to assess how much electricity you use and how much you’ll need for your new vehicle. You do not want to overload your electric distribution panel.
Your power panel will be rated for a maximum amount of current flow measured in Amperes. Usually you’ll see a 100 Amp power panel, but the exact figure will be printed on your circuit breaker. We recommend performing a self-assessment of your electricity use before you install an EV charging system. This helps to ensure you won’t overload your system!
If you want to charge your EV at home, find an electrician that can handle the job. Many Cleveland drivers install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit to the power panel. The costs often run just a couple hundred dollars, but if your power panel needs upgrading to support your energy levels, the bill can run up to $1,000 or $3,000.
The last step is to buy your electric vehicle home charging station and get it installed by your electrician. Your electrician can help you find the right model for your wants and needs, and once it is installed, you can enjoy the convenience of at-home charging on your own schedule—and benefit from the range of Mercedes-Benz charging stations around the country.
We’ve gone through the basics of how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle, but if you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us at Mercedes-Benz of Bedford in Bedford, or stop by our showroom to discuss the latest Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles.
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