What Is a Level 2 Electrical Vehicle Charger?
Electric cars like Tesla are rapidly growing in popularity—more so than any type of car in the industry. At some point, it’s safe to assume that vehicles powered primarily by electricity will be the standard for the automotive industry, so the infrastructure in the U.S. needs to change to support electric vehicles. Electric cars save energy, promote health, and are environmentally friendly, so they can offer several great benefits, and if you’re considering purchasing an electric vehicle, you must prepare your home for the change.
At South-West Electric Inc., our professional electricians can provide you with a high-quality electrical vehicle charger installation. We have extensive training and experience working with you chargers for all sorts of vehicles on all sorts of properties, and we can help you choose the perfect charger for your vehicle.
When it comes to residential Tesla and other electric vehicle chargers, it’s generally recommended that you install a Level 2 charger. Here some basic information about Level 2 charging devices:
Level 2 vs. Level 1 Chargers
Level 1 and Level 2 chargers are what most homeowners have access to. Level 1 electric vehicle chargers use standard household outlets, and it’s common for electric cars to come with Level 1 charging cords that can be directly plugged into your home’s outlets. The downside of Level 1 chargers is that they’re limited to about 120 volts, which means that they can take up to 22 hours to charge your car.
Level 1 chargers are probably not a feasible option unless your car is a plug-in hybrid.
Our professional electricians at South-West Electric Inc. recommend Level 2 chargers for residential electric vehicle charging. Level 2 chargers supply 240 volts of electricity to your car, so they can significantly reduce charging times. You’ll be able to fully charge your car in as few as three to four hours.
Installing Level 2 chargers will probably require some adjustments to your home’s electrical wiring, but our electricians will be able to handle the job.
Benefits of Level 2 Chargers
The primary benefit of a Level 2 charger is the significant reduction in charging time. You’ll be able to charge your car much more quickly, which gives you more flexibility when it comes to using your automobile. Your car can easily be fully charged overnight, or while you enjoy a meal and complete some household duties.
Level 2 chargers can also help you save money on your electrical expenses. They’ll allow you to charge your vehicle at strategic times when electrical demand is lower. You can take advantage of lower electricity costs during the night, which help maximize energy savings on an already efficient vehicle.