Driving & Charging

How do I know if I have the right outlet to charge an electric car?

It’s easy to get started with EV charging at home in your own garage. A regular Level 1 110 V outlet will do but for faster charging you’ll need access to a Level 2 240V outlet.

How do I know if I have the right outlet to charge an electric car?

Okay so you’re thinking about buying your first electric car and are well on the way there with your research but you’re still unsure if you can charge at home, in your garage or in your condo/apartment complex. We’re going to demystify that for you by outlining the different outlets at which you can charge and the jolt of juice they justify.

Can I plug an EV into a regular outlet?

First the real basics, see that ordinary 110V three-prong outlet next to where you park your car? Yup you can plug an electric car into it and it’s classed as a Level 1 outlet. Granted the charging speed will be low at about 5 miles of range per hour of charge, but that still means about 40 to 50 miles a night, which for most commutes is enough. Especially if you have access to a charger at work or school. For longer journeys or road trips you can simply top up at one of your local public charging stations, which are popping up all over, all the time.

Is a Level 2 charger worth it?

You might have noticed that the outlet that your dryer plugs into is different to the other outlets around your home and that’s because it’s a 240V outlet or Level 2 outlet. An outlet with this sort of voltage, if accessible to your charger when you charge your car, can give you 25 miles of range per hour of charge, so will provide more than enough to fully recharge your battery every night! “That sure feels worth it,” I hear you say and yes it is but you first have to figure out if you have the right type of 240V outlet and get it ready for EV charging.

Do I have the right type of 240V charger and is it ready to charge my car?

The right outlet to charge your car is the NEMA 14-50, which has a rating of 50 A and a straight neutral blade, distinguishing it from the NEMA 14-30 which has an L-shaped neutral blade. Even with the L-shaped neutral blade however it’s possible to make it EV charging ready with the NeoCharge Smart Splitter, though you won’t quite get as many miles of range per hour of charge, topping out around 18 to 20 miles. 

How do I convert my outlet to a NEMA 14-50?

Converting an existing outlet to a NEMA 14-50 that can handle EV charging should be done by a qualified, licensed electrician. The extra current drawn from the charging electric car or cars, produces extra heat and therefore will create a fire hazard if not done properly. The cost of installation varies depending on if you need to get the installation permitted, if your subpanel needs upgrading and the distance between the nearest subpanel to the charger. At Link we can set you up with a pre-vetted, trusted electrician in your region to get the work done right and at a reasonable price. Schedule an EV Expert consultation and we’ll help you streamline the process of getting the perfect EV for you and setting up an optimal charging situation.



How do I know if I have the right outlet to charge an electric car?

Okay so you’re thinking about buying your first electric car and are well on the way there with your research but you’re still unsure if you can charge at home, in your garage or in your condo/apartment complex. We’re going to demystify that for you by outlining the different outlets at which you can charge and the jolt of juice they justify.

Can I plug an EV into a regular outlet?

First the real basics, see that ordinary 110V three-prong outlet next to where you park your car? Yup you can plug an electric car into it and it’s classed as a Level 1 outlet. Granted the charging speed will be low at about 5 miles of range per hour of charge, but that still means about 40 to 50 miles a night, which for most commutes is enough. Especially if you have access to a charger at work or school. For longer journeys or road trips you can simply top up at one of your local public charging stations, which are popping up all over, all the time.

Is a Level 2 charger worth it?

You might have noticed that the outlet that your dryer plugs into is different to the other outlets around your home and that’s because it’s a 240V outlet or Level 2 outlet. An outlet with this sort of voltage, if accessible to your charger when you charge your car, can give you 25 miles of range per hour of charge, so will provide more than enough to fully recharge your battery every night! “That sure feels worth it,” I hear you say and yes it is but you first have to figure out if you have the right type of 240V outlet and get it ready for EV charging.

Do I have the right type of 240V charger and is it ready to charge my car?

The right outlet to charge your car is the NEMA 14-50, which has a rating of 50 A and a straight neutral blade, distinguishing it from the NEMA 14-30 which has an L-shaped neutral blade. Even with the L-shaped neutral blade however it’s possible to make it EV charging ready with the NeoCharge Smart Splitter, though you won’t quite get as many miles of range per hour of charge, topping out around 18 to 20 miles. 

How do I convert my outlet to a NEMA 14-50?

Converting an existing outlet to a NEMA 14-50 that can handle EV charging should be done by a qualified, licensed electrician. The extra current drawn from the charging electric car or cars, produces extra heat and therefore will create a fire hazard if not done properly. The cost of installation varies depending on if you need to get the installation permitted, if your subpanel needs upgrading and the distance between the nearest subpanel to the charger. At Link we can set you up with a pre-vetted, trusted electrician in your region to get the work done right and at a reasonable price. Schedule an EV Expert consultation and we’ll help you streamline the process of getting the perfect EV for you and setting up an optimal charging situation.



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