Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle Charger in 5 Steps

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When Corona shoppers are searching for their next new or used vehicle, they’re probably not thinking about how to make sure their home is ready for it. One of the things some drivers have to think about is how to prepare the home for an electric vehicle. Don’t fret — this is a task that the service team at BMW of Murrieta can guide you through. While there are electric vehicle charging stations in your area, it’s always good to make sure your home can charge your vehicle. Learn more about electric vehicle charging batteries with this guide from the team at BMW of Murrieta. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about charging your vehicle at home.


1. Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

It’s important to know about the different types of EV chargers. Most home charging systems will fall into Level 1 or Level 2. Below is some information about both:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric car. You can often get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging, though. For this reason, most people intermix daytime “top-off” charging with overnight charging.

2. Get Your Garage Ready

The next step is to prepare your home for an electric vehicle, which means getting your garage cleaned and organized. Clear out any clutter and make sure there’s plenty of room for your vehicle and be able to charge it.

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

Your home’s power panel distributes electricity throughout the entire building. This should be rated for a maximum amount of current flow that’s measured in Amperes. Typically, new homes have a 100 Amp power panel, but there should be an amperage rating printed on your home’s main circuit breaker.

Then, get ready to know how much electrical energy that you use in your home by doing a self-assessment of the electricity being used before installing your at-home charging system. It’s essential to ensure that you’re not overloading your electric distribution system.

4. Hire a Qualified Electrician

Once you’re ready to get your home ready for an electric vehicle home charger, you’ll want to hire an electrician. Discuss any concerns you’re having about your power consumption and adding EV charging to your home. They can install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. This typically costs a couple of hundred dollars, but it could be up to $1,000 or $3,000 if your power panel is not sufficient as-s and requires upgrading.

5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

Purchase your EV charger and have it professionally installed by a qualified electrician.

Get More Electric Home Charger Tips at BMW of Murrieta!

Want to know if there are electric vehicle charging stations near you, our plug-in model lineup, how to charge a hybrid vehicle, or how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle? We have you covered! At BMW of Murrieta, we’ll make sure that you’re fully prepared for an electric vehicle before making your vehicle purchase. Contact us today to get things started!

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