Electric Vehicle Charger

Are level 2 EV chargers safe?

Safety is an important issue with EV chargers like any other major appliance. Look for UL and ETL marks on any equipment you buy showing they have been independently safety tested by nationally recognized laboratories. All Clipper Creek Level 2 chargers have met these testing certifications. Additionally your Level 1 charger should be on a dedicated GFCI protected circuit.

How much does installation cost?

Wall mount installation generally runs from $475-$700 for most simple installs plus the charger cost itself. This depends on the availability of existing power to your garage or charging area and the required amperage needed for the charger. Longer distances, pedestal mounts, digging or trenching and panel upgrades may impact this cost so the best solution is to request a free estimate of your specific needs prior to installation.

What are the electrical requirements for the charger?

The electrical requirements of a charger depend on how much power it’s meant to deliver. Almost all Level 2 chargers require a 240 volt outlet similar to a major appliance like your dryer or oven. The second thing to consider is the amperage required for the circuit. Some Level 2 chargers require as little as 20 amps while others like Tesla chargers can require up to 100 amps. We often recommend installing the charger on a 50 amp circuit and wiring to allow for additional power needs in the future, even if it only calls for 20-40 amps.

Where can the charger be installed?

This will depend on your garage or parking area but most standard power cords are about six feet long so the charger should be easily accessible to where the vehicle is most often parked. Longer power cords of up to 25 feet are available but generally closer is better. If needed, you may consider a pedestal mounted charger which can be placed almost anywhere in your parking area.

What level of charger will I need for my EV?

Almost all electric vehicles come with a Level 1 or “trickle”charger that plugs into a standard wall outlet. This may be enough for your vehicles needs depending on how often you charge and how many miles you are putting on your electric vehicle. Many EV owners upgrade to a Level 2 charger which allows a much quicker recharge in a shorter amount of time. These Level 2 chargers normally require professional installation by a qualified electrician.