Charging your electric vehicle (EV) at home is convenient and makes driving easier than ever. Level 2 home charger can add 12 to 60 miles of Range Per Hour of charging. A faster charger helps you get the most out of your EV, and drive electric for more of your local and long-distance trips.
Most home chargers can charge any EV using the universal J1772 / ICE 62196-2 connector. Compatibility with your vehicle probably won’t be an issue for your home charger. But there are many other details to consider when choosing an EV charger for your home. Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors to consider. And find the charger that’s right for you.
Some factors to consider when to choose EVSE
- Speed: How fast do you want to charge?
Level 2 chargers use 240V, but charging speed will differ based on a charger’s amperage, or electrical current. Your need for speed will vary based on your EV’s range, your commute and driving style. A car with less range, a long commute or always driving at top speed, may mean you could benefit from a faster charge at home. Most EVs can take in about 32 amps, adding around 25 miles of Range Per Hour of charging. So a 32-amp EV charger is a good choice for many vehicles.
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- Location: Where do you want to put your charger?
If you can, install your home charger close to your electrical panel. Your electrician may need to run conduit from your panel to where you will charge, and a lot of conduit can get expensive. Installing your charger close to your garage door may make it easier to charge multiple cars, and a weatherproof charger rated for outdoor use gives you the flexibility to install indoors, or out depending on where you want to park.
- Savings: Will the charger help me save money?
Many utilities have special EV charging rate plans that save you money if you charge at off-peak times (usually at night). Check with your local utility if such a plan is available.Then get a charger that scheduling built in so you don’t have to stay up until midnight to plug in. Your local utility may also offer grants and rebates for home charging. Zencar EV charger with Timer function is your best choice.
- Cost: How much will it cost?
As with anything, you get what you pay for. The average home EV charger costs about $100-500, which is approximately quarter what most drivers pay for gas in a year. Cheaper chargers may not be safety tested and could lack helpful features, like the ability to set schedule charging. Choose a charger that will not only keep your car and your home safe, but also help you save money on charging.
Now that you’ve mastered what to consider when buying a home charger, it’s time to take a look at your options. Zencar EV charger charge at up to 50 amps, adding up to 37 miles of Range Per Hour, supports your home’s electrical capacity, can be installed indoors or out, is TUV / CE /UL listed for safety, includes smart features like scheduled charging and is an affordable investment.