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A Brief Guide to Upgrading Your Home for an Electric Car April 1, 2020

Ponahawai Ahupua`a, Hilo
A Brief Guide to Upgrading Your Home for an Electric Car, Hilo, Hawaii

Recharging an electric vehicle in your home is simple and protects the environment, but it’s important to use the right power source. Failing to do so can lead to slow or inadequate charging. Before you contact a certified electrician to set up a home charging station for your electric vehicle, here’s what you need to know.

Types of Charging Stations Available for Your Home

Level 1 

Level 1 charging stations get their electricity from a 120-volt circuit. This voltage, though low, is typically more than enough to adequately power everyday appliances like microwaves and refrigerators. But it can take 24 hours or more to fully charge an electric vehicle, depending on the make and model. Generally speaking, it can only recover up to five miles of driving range per hour. 

electricianHowever, it may be a suitable option for you if you don’t plan on driving often, or if you have a hybrid that requires less electricity, as these are typically less costly to install. 

Level 2 

Level 2 charging stations are connected to a 240-volt circuit, like washing machines and dryers, so they allow for more efficient charging. They can recover up to 65 miles of range per hour, depending on how many amps you opt for and what kind of car you have. You can choose anywhere from 16 to 80 amps.

Other Considerations

Both types of charging stations can be either portable or incorporated into your home’s electrical system. Portable chargers are designed to be plugged in and out of outlets and taken with you as you need them. This option may be better for you if you frequently travel away from home. Chargers that are hardwired into your home’s electrical system, on the other hand, are usually more inexpensive. 


If you’re looking for a reliable electrician to upgrade your home for an electric vehicle, contact the experts at Always on Electrical in Hawaii. They provide their clients with a wide array of services, ranging from ceiling fan installations to regular electrical maintenance. To schedule an appointment, call (808) 965-1596 or (808) 640-3391. Visit them online to speak to an electrician.

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