Is Your Home Electric Car Ready?

While they aren’t dominating the market, electric vehicles are gaining popularity by the day. More and more consumers (like us) are embracing the vehicles as stylish and more environmentally friendly ways to get around. Charging stations are starting to appear in more places such as hotels, rest stops and even shopping centers. There is definitely a market for them and it’s growing.

If you have considered an electric vehicle, you should ask yourself if you’re ready for one. It’s not a questions if they are more superior but something you may not have thought of; electric cars need to be plugged in and charged somewhere so you need to know if your house is ready for it.

Electrical Access

Many garages have electrical outlets in them, but not all of them do. Even for those that do, they aren’t always conveniently located for plugging in an electric vehicle. Either way, this can be a big problem when it comes to recharging your vehicle. While you can get a bit creative while charging, an electric vehicle isn’t necessarily something you want to run a questionable extension cord to. When trying to determine if your home is ready for an electric car, this is one of the big points you need to consider. If you don’t have an outlet where you need one, and aren’t willing to try some more creative parking options to get to the closest plugs, you may need to wire and install a new outlet.

Can you handle the draw?

Electric cars pull a decent amount of electrical current while they charge. This isn’t a major problem in most current homes but depending on what is also on the circuit of the charger, you may end up tripping a breaker or blowing a fuse. In some cases, the added draw may push you into using more electricity overall than your main panel was designed to handle. If you live in an older house, you may end up facing a lot of hassle with your electricity if you get an electric car. Depending on how bad the problem is, you may even need to get some wiring reworked or have a new service panel installed to handle the increased electrical requirements.

Charging station issues

While the points made thus far have dealt with basic charging options that plug into a standard electrical outlet, home charging stations are also an option. These stations recharge electric vehicles much faster than chargers that plug into an outlet, though they also have to be installed before you use them. Depending on where you live, there may be laws or ordinances restricting who can install an electric vehicle charging station

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