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Electric Vehicle Charging

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Electric vehicles in Los Angeles are great for both the environment and your wallet. Kilowatt provides electrical services that can help make your electric vehicle more convenient and enjoyable by installing a proper charging station by a trained and certified electrical technician. How would you like to have your Tesla completely charged in 1 hour? We can do that with a 100 amp quick charger.

Where to put the EV Charger

Before you  buy an electric vehicle, imagine where your electric car will be parked. Think about the ideal location for this piece of equipment. Now measure the distance between where the charger will hang on your wall, and where the charging port is on your car. Cables usually run from approximately 15 to 25 feet. Make sure your cord can easily reach where it needs to go, and think about its length for a potential second plug-in car in your driveway or garage.


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Electric Vehicle Charging Tip:  Charge during off-peak hours to save even more.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation Depending on where you locate your EV Charger, we may have to run just a few feet of conduit—or dozens of feet. Longer copper runs will add installation cost, but because you’ll charge almost every night, you want it to be as convenient as possible.

You will want a charger that can handle at least 30 amps. The rule of thumb is that 30-amp service will roughly give you the ability to add 30 miles of range in an hour—just as 15 amps will add about 15 miles in an hour of charging. Keep in mind that most plug-in hybrids (and the Nissan LEAF prior to the 2013 model) don’t take full advantage of the faster rate. That’s okay. It’s still wise to have the capacity to charge at least at the 30-amp level, even if your current car can’t fully utilize the higher amperage, so you don’t have to upgrade in a few years if/when you buy a new EV that has a faster on-board charger. Also, it’s nice to allow friends with faster-charging electric vehicles to get a full charge from your garage.

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