Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle with Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

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Many Lakewood shoppers are surprised to find out the preparation that’s required for an electric vehicle delivery. With so many benefits with the transition from gas to electric, taking the time to prepare your home for an electric vehicle seems like a small cost. Really, all you need to do to get your home ready is get your electric vehicle home charger installed. You can use electric vehicle charging stations in the Spanaway area, especially because they’re becoming more common, but your electric vehicle home charger will be your main form of power for your Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram vehicle. Explore the steps for taking care of your electric vehicle charging options, batteries, and home prior to delivery. 

1. Research Your Electric Vehicle Home Charger Level

There are two levels of home charging you can choose from, and whichever you choose will determine the charging speed and thus range acquired:

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car. 
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric car. You can often get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging, though. For this reason, most people intermix daytime “top-off” charging with overnight charging.

2. Prep Your Garage & Parking/Charging Space

Now is the time to get rid of any additional clutter that may be taking up the extra space in your garage. You’ll need a secure place to plug in and have your electric vehicle charging batteries station connected to your home. 

3. Assessing Consumption Levels

The electricity in your home is distributed via the power panel. There should be a number rating it in Amperes that lets you know the maximum amount of current flow. Typically, new homes will have a 100 Amp power panel. You can check the number of your house on your main circuit breaker. Get an idea of how much electrical energy you and your family use in your Gig Harbor home prior to installing the charging system. This is to help you avoid overloading your electric panel. 

4. Get Your Electric Vehicle Home Charger Installed

The last thing you need to do to prepare your home for an electric vehicle is to actually have your system installed. The cost can range from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the efficiency of your power panel. 

Another thing we recommend prior to the delivery of your electric vehicle is mapping out the electric vehicle charging stations in your area. This can help you top off while you are running errands or at work, and if you head out on your next big road trip, explore the electric vehicle charging stations on your path. 

Contact Tacoma Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram to Learn More!

If you still have questions about electric vehicle charging, batteries or any other aspect of EV ownership, contact us anytime. You can also visit us in Tacoma the next time you’re passing through.

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