Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular as people strive to reduce their carbon footprint and embrace more sustainable transportation options.

As EV ownership rises, one common concern for homeowners is whether they should upgrade their home electrical capacity to accommodate the charging needs of their vehicles.

Upgrading your home electrical capacity may be necessary if you have a home EV charging station installed—here’s why.

Get Optimal Charging Speed

One of the primary reasons to consider upgrading your home electrical capacity is to ensure optimal charging speed and efficiency for your EV.

Home EV chargers have different charging levels, ranging from Level 1 to 3. Level 1 uses a standard 120-volt household outlet but provides the slowest charge, while Level 2 requires a dedicated 240-volt circuit and a faster charge. Level 3 chargers require a 480-volt source and are generally not considered for home use due to their expense, although they provide the fastest charge available.

No matter what level of charger you choose, you may need to update your home’s electrical capacity. Many chargers require the installation of a dedicated circuit, which allows the charger to operate at maximum capacity, shortening the time you need to charge your vehicle.

Avoid Power Overloads and Related Issues

Installing a home EV charging station places an additional load on your electrical panel and circuitry. If your electrical system is already operating at or close to its capacity, adding the load of an EV charger could lead to frequent breaker trips or even overload your system.

Upgrading your electrical capacity ensures that your home’s electrical system can handle the increased demand and prevents the problems associated with overloaded circuits, such as fire, equipment damage, and sudden power outages. 

Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

Upgrading your home’s electrical capacity for an EV charging station can also boost its value. As EV ownership continues to grow, many potential buyers are looking for homes equipped with EV charging stations or those that can accommodate one.

By already having the necessary electrical capacity in place, you make your home more attractive to potential buyers who own or intend to own an EV, which can increase the number of people interested in your property and the amount your property sells for.

Having an EV charging station installed can also reduce the time your home sits on the market, helping you sell your property regardless of market conditions. 

Not Sure If You Need to Update Your Electrical With an EV Charger? Schedule a Consultation With CoreTrade Electric 

If you want an EV charging station installed but aren’t sure if you need to update your home electrical capacity, it’s essential to consult a licensed electrician. At CoreTrade Electric, we can help you determine the optimal setup for your home EV charging station to ensure safety, efficiency, and maximum return on your investment. Contact us today to book a consultation and start charging your vehicle at home!

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