Do I Need Special Equipment to Charge an Electric Car?

Do I Need Special Equipment to Charge an Electric Car?

September 14, 2018

Have you considered investing in an electric vehicle? Are you already driving a fully electric or hybrid car, but your charging methods need improvement? If so, then it may be time for an electrical upgrade. At Mr. Electric of Dallas, we provide a range of commercial and residential services in Dallas, University Park, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, North Dallas, Arlington, Lakewood, Oak Lawn, Lake Highlands, Inwood and all surrounding North Texas communities. If you’ve been wondering what kind of electrical improvements are needed for your electric car, here are some tips and details to help you get started. 

Charging Your Car at Home

Most electric vehicles can be charged with a basic 120-volt outlet. The “charger” itself is inside the car, so there’s no need to have external equipment that converts the power from AC to DC. This means that drivers who want to an ecofriendly method of getting around the city can do so without the need to make major changes to your electrical system. However, this is considered the most basic level of charging techniques, and not very practical long term. It can take up to 20 hours. It’s for this reason that many quickly choose to upgrade their basic outlets to 220 volts or install a rapid charging station to make their new car easier to use for their daily commute.  

Why You Should Consider Installing an EVSE

Installing Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, also known as EVSE, can improve your cars performance even more. These 240 volt charging stations turn your garage into a high tech fueling station, giving you twice the power in half the time. Using an EVSE helps you save money long term, by making charging more energy efficient, and because you can take advantage of your electric company discounts and more often.  In addition, you’ll have access to reports that can help you monitor your energy usage and available electricity, so you can make adjustments as needed for your particular vehicle needs and budget. 

Benefits of a Hiring a Certified Electrician for Your EVSE Installation

When upgrading your electrical system in any capacity, it’s important to hire someone with professional training and experience. Incorrect installation of electrical components can lead to dangerous consequences. There’s no reason to risk an electrical fire, electrocution or property damage. When you hire a certified electrician in Dallas for your EVSE installation, you’ll drive to work every day worry free, knowing that you have a safe, effective and affordable way to keep your new favorite car on the road. 

Ready to Upgrade Your Home EV Charging Station? Call Mr. Electric of Dallas Today

Are you getting ready to buy your first electric vehicle? Is it finally time to say yes to installing electric vehicle service equipment in your home? Then call the experts at Mr. Electric of Dallas. Our certified electricians can help you find the perfect solution for you and your family. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment for your EVSE installation in Dallas, Texas or a nearby city.