The How-To's of EV Home Installation

VW ID.4 Home Charging

Here at Volkswagen of Duluth, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular around our country, as people seek more eco-friendly methods of transportation. While purchasing an electric vehicle is a commitment to environmental sustainability, one has to also consider the establishment of a reliable charging station to ensure that the vehicle stays powered. Setting up an EV charging station at home is a great way to ensure reliable and easy access to electricity and it can help to save money in the long run.

Choosing Your Charger

The first step in setting up an EV charging station at home is to research, as there are multiple options and charging levels available, find out what the best option is for your specific needs and vehicle. There are several different types of chargers available and each of them has their own benefits and specifications. EV Home Chargers range from a Level 1, which provides a slower-steady charging, and a Level 2 providing a faster charge.  This is the optimal time to do thorough research and choose the charger that is compatible with your electric vehicle and best suited for your home’s specific power requirements.

Once you have chosen a home charger, the next step is to determine where you would like to install it. Ideally, you should choose a location that is close to an electrical outlet, as well as a space where the charging cable can be safely routed away from foot traffic. Before beginning the installation process, be sure to understand the safety guidelines and procedures for using the charger per the manufacturer’s specifications.

VW ID.4 Driver Display Showing Charge Level

The next step is to install the charger itself. This may involve obtaining an experienced electrician to mount the charger, wiring it to the proper power source, and assist in properly connecting your new home charger to the vehicle. Once the installation has been completed, make sure to test the charger to ensure that it is working properly. Also, be sure to read through the user manual and make sure you understand how to use the charger safely.

Finally, it is important to be aware of any additional safety precautions that need to be taken when using an EV charger at home. Be sure to keep the charging cable out of reach of children and pets, avoid using an extension cord, and never attempt to charge your vehicle when it is raining or the weather is wet.

Setting up an EV charger yourself or via a professional electrician at home may seem intimidating at first and it’s not as difficult as it appears. With a bit of research and the right tools, you may be able to easily install a reliable charging station for your electric vehicle yourself and enjoy the convenience and cost savings of having a reliable power source.

Home Charging with Volkswagen of Duluth

Inquire with your experienced Volkswagen Service Professionals at Volkswagen of Duluth with any questions or additional information needed.  Volkswagen of Duluth also provides an extensive line of parts and accessories for your new EV Charging needs.