Electric Vehicle Charging Stations & Installation
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Electric vehicles are here to stay. They have been gaining in popularity, and as gas prices continue to rise, it is expected that more and more people will make the transition to one. When this happens, consumers will be more likely to shop at your store if they know you have the amenities to charge their vehicle. And businesses may be more apt to receive quality candidates based on their investment in and commitment to sustainable technologies. As more people own electric vehicles, there is a greater need for electric vehicle charging station installation, maintenance and repair services. If you’re looking to install charging stations at your business for employees and customers to use, Tidal Electrical Services can help you.
Different Types of Electric Car Charging Stations
There are several different car charging stations that you can select from for installation, which range based on how quickly they can recharge vehicles. Our preference in the field is SemaConnect and Blink Charging Stations. In a commercial setting, a faster charging option is usually ideal, as consumers may only be parked for a limited time. Conversely, a slower charging station may be more appropriate for an office environment where drivers may be parked for several hours a day. When you contact us, we’re happy to review all of the electric car charging station options with you to ensure that you’re getting the stations that are the best for your situation. Like we said, while charging stations in a residential setting may benefit from a slower charging station for thorough overnight recharge, those in a commercial setting usually benefit from a faster charging option.
Our team of electricians have experience installing electric car charging stations across a wide variety of environments. We’ll ensure that installation was performed correctly and is up to code so your clients or residents can enjoy safe, effective charging.
Benefits of Installing Electric Car Charging Stations
The decision to install a car charger at your home or business is not always an easy one. However, taking the time to learn about the benefits associated with installing an electric vehicle charging station can help you make an informed and educated decision as to whether it is the right investment. Some of the benefits associated with installing a car charger include:
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Increased Property Value
Creates a Benefit For Employees or Customers
Reasons Why You Should Leave Car Charger Installation to a Professional
Not every car charging station is the same. Car charging stations come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here at Tidal Electric Services, our staff can help you to determine what type of charging station may be ideal for your space. We can then properly install it, ensuring no damage is done to your electrical system. This also ensures your electric car will properly charge when plugged in to the charger. Improperly installing a charging station can damage the electrical system and the electrical car. If you have decided that you would rather go with a specialized outlet instead of a full car charging station, we can assist you with that as well. Leave your installation services to the professionals.
Electric Car Charger FAQ
Do All Electric Cars Use the Same Charger?
For the most part, electric cars use the same types of chargers and connectors. Tesla now offers a charger that car owners can buy to use at Tesla-specific charging stations. It is important to keep in mind that the level of charger can affect charging time, but virtually any electric vehicle can connect to a Level 1 or Level 2 charging station. Level 3 charging stations offer fast charging and come in different models. If you plan to use a Level 3 charging station, you may need a specific connector based on the type of charger and the make and model of the car.
Can Electric Cars Be Charged at Home?
You can charge an electric car at home, and you may be able to plug it in to a standard outlet. Level 1 charging involves a typical 120-volt outlet. Although this approach is the easiest solution for homeowners, it has its disadvantages. Level 1 charging takes 8 to 12 hours for a full charge. Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt outlet, and most people consider it a necessity for vehicles that get daily use. With this type of charging, you may be able to charge the vehicle in a few hours, depending on the limits of the car.
Can You Leave an Electric Car Charging Overnight?
As a general rule, electric vehicles are designed to be charged overnight. Depending on the charging system, you may need to leave it plugged in all night to get a full charge. Most electric cars have a monitoring system that maintains a trickle charge as the battery approaches full, to ensure that it does not exceed the maximum. While plugging it in for 8 to 12 hours is expected, you should consult the car manual if you plan to leave it plugged in longer. Electric cars need to be used regularly, with charging in-between to maintain the battery.
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For more information on electric car charging station installation and to learn about the range of stations that you have to select from for your specific situation, contact us today. Electrification is the future of consumer transportation, and it can pay to take steps now to prepare for when EVs are widespread and mainstream in the future. Contact us for more information.
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