The world has been experiencing a steady rise in demand for electric vehicles (EV) over the last decade. Suffice to say, the world is entering a new era of transportation, with the increasing capabilities of electric cars. We are likely to see more EVs on the road going forward. Therefore, charging stations are needed to serve the increased number of EVs along the way. Consumers (home EV charger installation) and businesses that manage EV fleets are always looking for charging spots for their EV fleets. Similarly, the demand for home EV chargers is also on the rise, same as business electric car charging stations. Tesla, as the biggest manufacturer of electric vehicles, also provides charging stations. Our team at Redox Electric are ready to for any of your tesla charger installation service.
While these electric vehicles offer more in terms of economic benefits and efficiency, it’s not always easy to charge an electric car from the standard sockets at home. If you own an electric vehicle and you’d like the convenience and safety offered by en EV home charging station, talk to the electrical experts at Redox Electric. We provide some of the most advanced, fully-featured EV charger installations in the market today. Our professional approach means that we endeavor to deliver high-quality installations of EV charging systems of all types and scales to both individual and commercial use. Our overall goal is to help build the electrical infrastructure that EVs will need as they become more common.
Types of EV chargers
An EV’s speed of charging is dependent on two main factors: an electrical supply of your home and the EV charging unit used.
EV chargers can be categorized into three levels: Level One (slowest), Level Two (medium), and Level Three (fastest).
Level One Chargers
These are standard chargers that come with an electric vehicle. They often use a home’s standard outlets and are known for slow charging. They are more useful when charging your EV overnight. The common features include:
- A standard connection is a 120-volt outlet
- Can charge up to 5 miles (8km) per hours
- Takes 12-20 hours to fully charge an EV battery (60-12 hours for a plug-in hybrid)
- Mainly for home charging
Level Two Chargers
Level 2 chargers are faster than level one, hence do their job faster. However, they require an electrician for installation. Level 2 chargers need a dedicated 240-volt circuit to supply a current, which is strong enough to charge an EV faster. These chargers add approximately 70 miles of range for each hour of charging and is the most popular type for home charging. The common features include:
- 240-volt outlet connection
- Can charge up to 19 miles (30km) per hour
- Takes 6-14 hours to fully charge a battery EV (4 to 8 hours for a plug-in hybrid)
- Can be used everywhere, including homes, businesses, and common areas.
Level 3 Chargers
Also known as Faster Chargers, level 3 chargers are incredibly fast. Therefore, they require an industrial supply of power, which makes it difficult to install in homes. These types of chargers can recharge an EV’s battery to 80% in just 30 minutes. Their features include:
- The use of a direct current connection to an electrical system hence needs an industrial-scale electricity supply.
- Can charge up to 62 miles (100km) per half an hour (80% charge at 50kW depending on the vehicle type).
- Takes one to four hours to fully charge a battery EV (15 minutes to 3 hours for a plug-in hybrid).
- Used mostly for businesses and common areas charging spots.
Choosing the Right EV Charger for Your Need
When you consult Redox Electric for your EV charger needs, the first thing our team of experts will analyze is your needs before we embark on EV charger installation. Tesla EV is the most popular, hence the Tesla charger installation service that our team is ready to install. The type of EV you own or the purpose of the EV system will determine whether you will need level 1, level 2, or level 3 installation. We also look at the EV charger installation cost vs. your needs.
While some people are just fine with a level 1 charger to charge their EV overnight, most prefer the flexibility that a level 2 charger provides. Note that some prefer level 1 because its EV charger installation cost is the most affordable.
To help you choose the right EV charger, Redox Electric will do the following:
- Evaluate your home’s electric supply can support a level 2 charger
- Check the need to upgrade electrical systems for safe operations
- Check features related to your vehicles including connector, single or dual port, cord length, indoor or outdoor, portable or permanent, and your preferences (e.g. networked, smart EV chargers, amperage).
- Pick the right charger for your EV model
- Install the EV charging system according to the government Electric Code and local codes.
When our team of experts comes to your home, be sure to get our standard prompt and friendly approach to service delivery. We are keen on time and expertise.
BC EV Charger Rebate Program
Redox Electric is offering rebates to help homes and workplaces across the Surrey area get ready for EVs.
Eligibility: single-family homeowners or residents are eligible for the offer if they purchase and install a Level 2 EV charger. They will receive a 50% rebate on all the costs of installation, up to a maximum of *$700. Duplexes and townhouses with private garages or dedicated parking are also eligible for this offer.
To qualify for the rebate program, you must purchase and install an eligible charger and submit your application within 90 days of the charger installation.
Why should I consider buying from Redox Electric?
Redox Electric works with the top manufacturers of EV to get top quality EV charger equipment. Add to our professionalism, fair pricing, and great customer service, we take pride in our work as a team with many years of expertise. All the EV charger installation work is done by licensed electricians trained to properly install electric vehicle charging stations.
Can I buy a charger and get it installed right now?
Yes, you can buy an EV charger right from us, and our team of technicians will be ready to install it. We do home EV charger installation at an affordable fee.
Why makes electric cars advantageous?
Electric cars have several advantages, including environmentally friendly, friendly maintenance costs, and the thrill that comes with driving an electric car due to awesome acceleration.
How easy is it to get a public place to charge my electric car?
Public charging stations are available in areas such as mall parking lots, city garages, and many other public locations across the country. However, you may get inconvenienced if you wholly rely on public charging stations alone, hence the need to have one at home.
What does EVSE stand for?
EVSE is Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, which is informally known as a charging station. These stations use a 240-volt outlet, and all come with the same “J connector” (universal connector), which allows almost all plug-in vehicles to connect to any charging station.
How many types of plug-in EVs?
There are two types of plug-in EV, namely:
- Battery EV (BEV) – EV that runs entirely on electricity stored in batteries and are recharged by plugging in at home, work, or a public charging station.
- Plug-in Hybrid EV (PHEV) – Runs on a combination of electricity and gasoline. They can be plugged in for a charge.
What kind of problems might I encounter that you can help me prevent?
EVs and their charging systems are new in the market, which calls for various regulations on installation and use. It is important to consult us for further advice in case there is any new requirement in the market today. We often keep tabs with all new regulations, hence our team of experts will be willing to help you move forward and install your EV charging systems.