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5 Steps to Preparing for an Electric Vehicle Home Charger

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Buying a new Nissan can be incredibly exciting, especially if you’re buying an electric vehicle like the Nissan LEAF. But exciting as it all may be, you’re also, no doubt, thinking about the more practical aspects of bringing an EV home. Indeed, if you’re like many Gardena EV shoppers, you’re asking yourself “How do I prepare my garage with an electric vehicle charging station?” Well read on, because we here at Nissan of Torrance have prepared five easy steps you can take to prepare your house for a new electric car!

1. Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

There are many types of home electric vehicle home chargers and public chargers, each offering different available charging levels. As a refresher, most home car charging systems fall into Level 1 or Level 2. Here’s more information:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car. 
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes hours to fully charge an electric car. You can often get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging.

 For the above reasons, most Carson EV drivers combine daytime “top-off” charging with overnight charging.

2. Prepare Your Home Garage for an Electric Vehicle

Have you cleaned or organized your garage, yet? If not, now is definitely the time to start! Make sure that you get your garage ready for an EV before you take delivery of it! You may wish to clean out clutter first if your garage has been used as a storage space for a long time. This will get it ready for storing your EV inside to charge. 

3. Locate Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

The power panel in your home distributes electricity throughout the building. It should be rated for a maximum amount of current flow, measured in Amperes. A majority of newer homes come with a 100 Amp power panel, but there should be an amperage rating printed on your main circuit breaker.

Once you’ve located your power panel, the next step is to figure out how much power you generally use on a monthly basis. Stuck? It’s probably best to call an electrician. You want to be sure you do not want overload your electric distribution panel when you begin charging your EV.

4. Hire an Electrician

If you haven’t already done so, hire an electrician now. You can discuss any concerns you have about your power consumption and adding EV charging to your circuit breaker panel. You can also have the electrician you hire install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. Though this costs a few hundred dollars in most cases, it could cost up to a few thousand if in fact it’s determined that your power panel is not sufficient as-is and requires upgrading. 

5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

Pick the type of EV charger that best suits your needs and have it professionally installed. Congratulations; at this point you should be all ready for regular at-home EV charging!

Contact Nissan of Torrance to Learn More!

Now that you know more about electric vehicle home charging options and how to prep your home for an EV, are you looking for additional information on electric vehicle charging stations near you, or electric vehicle charging batteries? Visit our online service tips page for more answers or contact us online.

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