Preparing Your Home for Electric Vehicle (EV) Ownership
Welcome to the future of transportation! As electric vehicles (EVs) continue to gain popularity, many homeowners are considering the switch to clean, sustainable transportation. To ensure a seamless transition to electric vehicle ownership, it’s essential to prepare your home for the unique needs of EV charging. This guide will walk you through the necessary steps to make your home EV-ready.
Assess Your Electrical System:
The first step in preparing your home for electric vehicle ownership is to assess your current electrical system. Determine the capacity of your home’s electrical panel and ensure it can handle the additional load required for Electric Vehicle charging. Do your current electrical needs include heavy usage items like a hot tub, sauna, welder or compressor? We have a trusted local electrician that we had assess our own electrical system and install all of our EV chargers.
You can bring in a photo of your electrical box and we can start the assessment from there!
Install a Dedicated Electric Vehicle Charging Outlet:
To facilitate convenient charging, consider installing a dedicated outlet for your EV charger. There are three levels of charging for an EV but a Level 2 charging station, which provides faster charging than a standard wall outlet, is recommended for most EV owners.
Choose the Right Charging Station:
Selecting the right charging station for your home is crucial. Research different models, considering factors such as charging speed, compatibility with your vehicle, and smart features. Some chargers offer Wi-Fi connectivity, mobile apps, and scheduling options, allowing you to optimize charging times and monitor energy usage.
Evaluate Your Parking Situation:
Assess your parking space to determine the most convenient location for your EV charger. If you have a garage, consider installing the charger inside for added protection from the elements. For outdoor installations, choose a location with easy access to your vehicle and minimal exposure to harsh weather conditions.
Explore Incentives and Rebates:
Before making any purchases, research available incentives and rebates for EV charging equipment. There are two incentives and rebates available from the Province of BC, Clean BC, and the Government of Canada, iZev, to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. Take advantage of these programs to offset the costs of installing your home charging station.
Educate Yourself on Charging Etiquette:
Familiarize yourself with charging etiquette and local charging network guidelines. Be considerate of other EV owners and share public charging stations efficiently. Understanding the basics of charging etiquette will contribute to a positive experience within the broader EV community. Familiarize yourself with the Blue Oval Network for even more convenient charging stations.
Preparing your home for electric vehicle ownership is an exciting and important step toward a more sustainable future. By assessing your electrical system, installing a dedicated charging outlet and choosing the right charging station, you can ensure a seamless and efficient EV charging experience at home. Take advantage of available incentives and educate yourself on charging etiquette to make the most of your electric vehicle ownership journey. Welcome to the world of clean and green transportation!