Electric Vehicles (EV) are gaining popularity among Bay Area residents. Because of rising prices on gas-fueled vehicles and gas itself, many people started switching to electric cars. Not only EV electric vehicles are environmental friendly, they are actually cheaper to charge.
Most of the EV electric vehicles are sold with a 110V or 240V charger, so you can charge it at home by using a standard 110V or 240V outlet. However, if you decide to charge your vehicle from 110V outlet, it will take forever to charge the full battery, therefore it will cost you a buck.
If you don’t have 240V outlet in your garage, you’d need one installed. Galaxy Services can help you with the 240V outlet for your EV charger. We can also advise you on the best chargers to use, and will install one for you. With a plug-in EV charging installation, we will install a 240V outlet also known as a NEMA 50 receptacle, at the desired EV charger location to plug into.
Some people prefer to have hard wired EV chargers installed outside of the house, so you don’t have to park inside the garage, but simply pull over to the driveway and charge from there. With a hardwired EV charger, we will install a dedicated 60AMP line from your main electrical panel to the desired EV charger location. For this installation, the EV charger does not utilize a 240V outlet since it is hardwired into your main panel.
Hardwired EV charger vs Plug-in EV Charger. Which one to choose?
There are some pros and cons to both options.
PLUG IN WALL CHARGER PROS: If you move, you can unplug your charger and take with you!
PLUG IN WALL CHARGER CONS: The most expensive! You need everything required for the NEMA outlet installation plus the cost of the wall charger itself.
- Slower charging speed when comparing the 50amp NEMA 14-50 to a 60amp hard wired connection 1 Extra connection point (the charger plugs in!) that could break down over time.
HARD WIRED CHARGER PROS:Better overall connection to the car Large range of amperage / charge speed options
- Cheaper electrical install (if you provide the charger)
HARD WIRED CHARGER PROS:More expensive overall installation including charger cost
- If you select a Tesla wall connector, it will only charge Tesla cars (their may be an adapter available for this purpose)
- If you move and want to take the charger with you, you will need an electrician to disconnect it.
Whether you choose to have a plug-in or hardwired charger installed, EV chargers should be installed by a licensed professional. Galaxy Services is licensed and Insured and can guarantee the quality of our work.