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Installation of Electric Vehicles

Surrey is the City of the Future and so it only makes sense that Electric Vehicles (EVs) are the current trend moving forward for transportation. Let’s talk all about Electric Vehicles- what you need to know, and their installation process.

What’s all the rage?

Electric Vehicles are still making their way into the conventional automotive market. They have grown in popularity in recent years with many celebrities and higher-income and environmentally conscious people buying EVs. Most have rave reviews and love their electric vehicles.

Why go electric?

Carbon emissions are changing the global climate and causing cascading implications. These implications are affecting all areas of life such as pollution, habitat destruction, and health problems to name a few. Gasoline reliant vehicles cause a significant amount of the world’s carbon emissions.

Where to charge?

There are a growing number of charging stations appearing at different locations including places of employment, multi-dwelling establishments, and even residential homes. You might also find charging stations in commercial business areas as well as around community centres or city squares around Surrey. Charging at home is the most convenient option unless there is a charging station conveniently near your place of work or home.

What does it cost?

The cost of electricity is much more stable than gasoline therefore budgeting for your EV is much easier. It costs a similar amount of money as cooling your home. All of this will depend on how often and how far you drive. An 8-hour charge per day will show a large increase in your electricity bill, however, when compared to gasoline you may be pleasantly surprised. Having a charger at home can also allow you to charge outside of peak hours which can reduce the costs.

What should I know about installation?

At home, chargers can be installed either inside your garage or outside your driveway. Your electric panel and subpanel may need upgrades to be compatible with your new EV charger. If you don’t already have a subpanel, adding one might be suggested.

To complete the EV charger installation, a few things need to be determined such as;

1. Selecting the right charger for your EV make and model
2. Knowing the electrical configurations of your home
3. Completing any electric upgrades required
4. Meeting safety standards and complying with codes
5. Usage knowledge and guidelines for the safety and longevity of your equipment

Is it worth it?

Although there are EV charging stations around, you will get the most benefit from having an EV charger installed at your home. Having a charger at home allows you to set up a regular charging schedule for your vehicle and sometimes these schedules can be auto-programmed depending on your charger and vehicle. This will protect the life of your battery and subsequently add longevity and life to your vehicle. Each manufacturer has specific charging guidelines to follow to ensure a healthy battery life long-term.

Ultimately, EVs are the way of the future, and installing an EV charger in your home will prepare your home for the future of transportation. It can also be seen by potential buyers as a selling feature if and when you sell your current home.

Invest in the future of transportation and enjoy the economic and environmental benefits of EV charging. Finding the right EV charging solution for a residential or commercial building can be a lengthy process. EV charger installation in Surrey or anywhere in the surrounding cities is a good option as more electric vehicles make their way in increased popularity for the future.

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