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Can I Install an EV Charger at Home?

If you own an electric vehicle (EV), you may be wondering if you can install a charging station at home. Generally, the answer is yes, but it’s important to have the right setup and follow the proper procedures. In this post, we’ll provide a step-by-step guide on how to equip your home with an EV charging station. 

How to Install a Home EV Charging Station  

Step 1: Determine your home’s eligibility

Before you begin, check with your municipality or regional government to ensure your home is eligible for an EV charger installation. 

Step 2: Determine your charging needs

There are different levels of charging, ranging from Level 1 (which uses a standard 120-volt outlet and is the slowest option) to Level 3 (also known as DC fast charging, which is the fastest but most expensive option). Most home installations use Level 2 charging (240 V).  

Step 3: Confirm you have sufficient electrical infrastructure

Check that your home has enough electricity to support an EV charger. If not, you’ll need to upgrade your service. In addition, you’ll need to ensure your electrical panel has the space to accommodate a new circuit breaker for the charger.  

Step 4: Choose a location

When choosing a location for your charging station, consider accessibility, safety, proximity to your parking spot and distance from the electrical panel. 

Step 5: Obtain an electrical permit

Apply for an electrical permit from your municipality or regional government office. Your electrician can also do this for you. 

Step 6: Charger installation

If you are not qualified, hiring a professional electrician is highly recommended, as they will ensure that your installation is up to code and meets safety requirements.  

Step 7: Inspection

Have the installation inspected by a safety officer from your local government.  

Step 8: Apply for any rebates

Check for any local, provincial or national rebates and submit an application. 

Hiring an electrician to complete this upgrade? Read our blog on things to consider when hiring an electrician for an EV charger installation! 

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