What Is an EVSE Charger?
EVSE chargers supply electric energy to recharge electric vehicles. There are three levels of electric vehicle charging devices:
- Level 1 Charger. A “Level 1” charger comes with most electric vehicles and is plugged into any normal three-prong outlet. While the Level 1 charger requires no installation, it charges vehicle batteries very slowly. Level 1 EVSE chargers are best suited for overnight use, and can take 20 hours or more to fully charge your car’s battery.
- Level 2 Charger. The “Level 2” charger is a more advanced EVSE charger requires its own dedicated 240-volt circuit. Because it requires a dedicated high-voltage circuit, it needs to be professionally installed by a licensed electrician. Level 2 chargers work much faster, fully charging an EV in about three hours. A growing number of EV manufacturers are now including a Level 2 charger standard with each new car purchase.
- Level 3 Charger. A “Level 3” charger is a standalone device that is most commonly found at public charging stations. It can add 160 miles of driving range to an EV’s batteries in about half an hour. However, beyond being prohibitively expensive, they have an industrial-level power draw that makes them unavailable to homeowners. If you own or work at an industrial building, it is possible to have a Level 3 charger installed there.
Which type of EVSE charger is the right for my vehicle?
To get the full benefits of your EV, you’ll want to have a Level 2 charger installed. The Level 2 charger will allow you to use your vehicle more and never have to worry about an empty batter. Level 2 chargers may also increase the life of your EV battery
What is included in WIREONE’s EVSE installation?
WIREONE offers a comprehensive service for every EVSE installation, including:
- Full inspection of all equipment prior to installation
- Site inspection to ensure equipment is installed in accordance with manufacturer specifications
- Electrical system upgrade, including new dedicated 40-amp, 240-volt circuit with 8-AWG wiring to support the quicker-charging Level 2 charger
- Inspection of the entire electrical system to ensure compliance with the National Electrical Code
- All required permits
- Start-up inspection performed to verify equipment is functioning properly in its operational environment
- Full five-year warranty on all wiring
Can I use a solar panel to charge my electric vehicle?
Pairing your EV with rooftop solar is a great combined energy solution. WIREONE has a variety of options from which to choose.