Electronic Vehicle (EV) Charging Station Installation in Maryland
Your Local Montgomery, Frederick, Howard County and Carroll County Electricians
Congratulations on purchasing your new electric vehicle! Now that you’ve joined the ranks of smart, environmentally conscious consumers, you’re ready to enjoy your electric car to the fullest. This means installing an EV charging station in your Gaithersburg-area home.
While many businesses around Montgomery and Frederick counties have installed EV charging stations for public use, you can’t always count on having space availability or having enough time to wait for your car to recharge. Having an EV charging station in your garage is by far the most convenient option for electric car owners.
Contact GAC Services to learn more about EV charging or to schedule installation in your Maryland home. We provide EV charging services in Montgomery, Frederick & Howard counties, MD.
What You Need to Charge Your Electric Car at Home
Different EV chargers are available today, but they’re not all created equal. Consider your options to help you decide what will work best for you.
A Level 1 charger should have come with your electric vehicle. This doesn’t require any electrical work—simply plug the charger into a regular 120-volt wall outlet, and you’re all set. Many EV owners start here because it allows you to drive and recharge your new car without any additional investment. However, a Level 1 charger takes around 18 hours to replenish an EV battery, which is the biggest drawback to this option.
A Level 2 charger uses 240 volts of electricity to charge your EV in as little as three hours. This gives you the flexibility to top off the battery after work before you head out for a night on the town. If you opt for a Level 2 charger, you’ll need an experienced, licensed electrician to install a dedicated circuit, much like the one your electric dryer or oven uses.
A Level 3 charger, or DC Fast Charger, is usually reserved for commercial, industrial, and roadside settings because they require powerful, specialized equipment to charge vehicles to about 80% in just 30 minutes. As a result, Level 3 chargers aren’t available for home installation.
EV Charging Installation Services
Installing a Level 2 charger is the best option for most electric car owners. It provides the perfect balance between cost and charging speed to ensure no inconvenience from owning an EV.
When you choose GAC Services to perform your EV charging station installation, we’ll help you make the best, most cost-effective choice for your needs. Here are some factors to consider:
- Installation type: EV chargers can be mobile or permanent. Mobile chargers have interchangeable adaptors that allow you to plug into different 120- and 240-volt outlets on the go. Permanent chargers mount to a wall or post and can be installed indoors or outdoors. If you don’t have a garage, you can install an EV charger in the driveway. Just make sure you select one designed to withstand water, temperature fluctuations, and debris.
- Amperage: Choose from a 16- or 30-amp charger to meet your needs. 16 amps is plenty for one EV, but you may want to install a 30-amp charger for future proofing in case you purchase a second electric car.
- Cord length: The proximity of the charger to the car’s charge port determines how long the cord must be.
- Existing electrical service: If your home has old wiring, you may need to upgrade it as part of the installation.
Call GAC Services for EV Charging Station Installation in Maryland
The licensed, certified electricians at GAC Services are knowledgeable regarding local electrical codes that dictate where EV chargers can be installed and what kind of wiring is required. We’ll obtain any necessary permits and arrange a city or county inspection if needed. Let us handle your EV charging installation so you can focus on enjoying your new electric car!
Contact GAC Services for a garage car port (plug-in for electric cars) installation estimate or to schedule services today.