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EV CHARGER INSTALLATIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between an EV Charger and an EVSE?
EV Charger and EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment) are used almost interchangeably. Technically the charger is built into the car and the wall mounted device, often called an EV charger or charging station, is a control and safety device that shuts off when done charging and has other features for convenience and management.
The terms are recognized and widely used meaning the same thing, which is why we also refer to the devices as EV chargers and EV charging stations.
What is the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 charging?
Level 1 charging refers to a standard household outlet current (110V or 120V). Almost all EV cars come with a level 1 charging cord. The important thing to know about level 1 charging, is even though its convenient to be able to charge into any regular outlet, its offers a minimal charge at 2-3 miles of driving range for every hour of charging.
Level 2 charging, often known because it's the same output as a dryer, oven, etc outlet, delivers power at 220V to 240V. This allows for an average of 12-40 miles of driving range per hour of charge. Getting a level 2 charge at home is what most EV drivers request, since most drivers are looking to get a full charge overnight.
What is a J1772 or J Plug and why should I care?
SAE J1772, also known as a J plug, is a North American standard for electrical connectors for electric vehicles. This is the plug that is compatible with all EV cars besides Tesla. However, you can purchase, through the Tesla website, an adapter so you can utilize standard charging stations.
If you purchase a Tesla Wall Connector, and then change to a BMW, Porsche, Ford, or any other EV car, there is an adapter that changes the Tesla proprietary plug to a J1772.
What is the average cord length of wall mounted chargers/EVSE's?
The average cord length of most chargers are 18ft, however there are brands that have cords up to 25ft, like the Wallbox Pulsar Plus.
I ordered a Tesla, how do I charge at home?
As certified Tesla installers, we can guide you in all of your home charging options. Since there are quite a few variables to each project, call us at 954-632-3516 for your free consultation.
Check out our EV News Page for additional info. If you have project specific questions, call us at 954-632-3516.
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