What Is a Level 2 Electrical Vehicle Charger?
Electric cars like Tesla are rapidly gaining popularity—more so than any 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. Hence, the infrastructure in the U.S. needs to change to support electric vehicles. In addition, electric cars save energy, promote health, and are environmentally friendly, offering several significant benefits. So, if you’re considering purchasing an electric vehicle, prepare your home for the change.
At Nieves Electric, our professional electricians can provide you with a high-quality electric vehicle charger installation. We have extensive training and experience working with you chargers for all sorts of vehicles on all kinds of properties, and we can help you choose the perfect charger for your car.
Regarding residential Tesla and other electric vehicle chargers, installing a Level 2 charger is generally recommended. Here is 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 can take up to 22 hours to charge your car.
Level 1 chargers are probably not feasible unless your car is a plug-in hybrid.
Our professional electricians 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. As a result, you’ll fully charge your vehicle in as few as three to four hours.
Installing Level 2 chargers will probably require adjustments to your home’s electrical wiring, but our Nieves Electric electricians can handle the job.
Benefits of Level 2 Chargers
The primary benefit of a Level 2 charger is the significant reduction in charging time. As a result, you’ll be able to set up your car much quicker, giving you more flexibility when using your automobile. For example, 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 strategically when electrical demand is lower. You can use lower electricity costs at night, which helps maximize energy savings on an already efficient car.