Benefits of Installing a Level 2 Home Vehicle Charging System

January 15th, 2023 by

2023 Subaru Solterra Exterior While Charging

If you’re new to the electric vehicle market, you might not even know entirely what the title of this blog means. That’s what we’re here for – to give you the rundown on what exactly a home vehicle charging system is and why you need to install one for yourself, particularly for Level 2 charging. There are three different levels of charging when it comes to electric vehicles, with Level 3 being designed for commercial use and Level 1 being the basic charging cable that comes with your EV. Level 2 is the middle ground that you should strive for at home.

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Level 1 Charging

Installing a Level 1 Charging Station for your electric vehicle at home is quick and easy, because it just requires a regular 120-volt outlet that should already be available in your garage. This will certainly give you a way to charge your EV, but it’s going to take a fairly long time to get any real mileage ready. That’s the main benefit of installing your own Level 2 home charging system.

Level 2 Charging

However, it’s also more expensive. Level 1 charging is, typically, available right away with no questions asked. You get your vehicle home, you plug it in, it’s good to go. Level 2 charging requires a 240-volt circuit, which are usually reserved for things like the dryer in your laundry room. If you’re one of the lucky few to have one of these already installed in your garage, then you’re sitting pretty.

If you’re not, then you’re going to have to pay an electrician to install such a circuit for you, which can run anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000. Then you’ll have to get the charging station itself, which is another $300 to $1,000 depending on the make and model of your vehicle and type of charging station you get.

2023 Subaru Solterra Exterior Driver Side Front Profile while Charging
2023 Subaru Solterra Exterior Charging Port

You can’t get Level 3 charging at home, it’s reserved for public charging. If you have any questions about any of this feel free to give us a call here at the sales desk.