How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

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Have you been noticing more and more electric vehicles on the roads of New Braunfels and Boerne? It’s not surprising, as many drivers are realizing the benefits of EV ownership, like a lower carbon footprint and freedom from rising gas prices. If you have been thinking about making the switch to a Ford EV as well, you may have questions about how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle. The guide below from Northside Ford covers the process for installing an electric vehicle home charger and your options for an electric vehicle charging station.



1. Choose a Charging Level

The first step is to decide on the type of electric vehicle home charger you want. Your electric vehicle charging station options will generally fall into two categories: Level 1 and Level 2. Here’s what sets them apart.

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric car. However, this type of electric vehicle home charger will need to be installed by an electrician.

2. Make Space in Your Garage

Do you have enough room in your Bulverde garage to accomodate an electric vehicle charging station? If not, now is the time to clear the clutter. To properly prepare your home for an electric vehicle, you need to be sure that space has been made for your electric vehicle home charger.

3. Find Your Power Panel and Assess Energy Consumption

Your home features a power panel that distributes electricity throughout the entire building. The power panel is rated for a maximum amount of current flow measured in Amperes. If you have a newer home around San Antonio, it is likely that you have a 100-Amp power panel. You can confirm this by looking at the amperage rating printed on your main circuit breaker.

Because you do not want to overload the electric distribution panel, you need to assess how much electrical energy you consistently use in your house.

4. Hire an Electrician

If you plan to install a Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, you need to hire an electrician. You can also have them install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. In most cases, this will cost a couple hundred dollars. If your power panel is not sufficient and it needs to be upgraded, that cost can be anywhere from $1,000 or $3,000.

5. Purchase and Install Your Electric Vehicle Home Charger

If you haven’t already researched and purchased an EV charger, it’s now time to take a closer look at your options and find an electrician that is up for the task.

Learn All About EV Ownership with Northside Ford

Are you ready to make the switch to a new Ford EV? We’re here to help make your dream Ford EV a reality. Visit our showroom today to learn more about your options like the Mustang Mach-e and electric vehicle charging batteries. You can also further research your favorite Ford models.


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