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With electric cars becoming more and more popular, the vast majority of people are considering the switch to cleaner, greener transportation. That said, purchasing an electric car does come with challenges. One of the first questions that often comes to mind is, "Can I install an EV charger at home?"

The team at Moore and Russell are exploring the ins and outs of home EV charging solutions so you can have a better idea about what to expect. So if you're thinking about making the leap to electric, keep reading for more information.

Can I Install My Own EV Charger at Home?

No, it's not recommended that you try and install your EV charger on your own. Here's a closer look at why:

  • Safety concerns: It can be hazardous to handle high-voltage power sources without the required knowledge and expertise. An improper installation could lead to fires, electrical shocks, or other security risks.
  • Building codes: The majority of local laws and regulations mandate that EV chargers be installed by certified professionals, such as licensed electricians. Trying a do-it-yourself installation could result in violating these rules, which could get you fined and possibly into legal trouble.
  • Optimal position: Taking into consideration elements like cable routing, weather protection, and electrical access, a qualified installation can identify the safest and most practical place for your EV charger. Inadequate positioning could lead to difficulties, possible harm to the charger, or even severe safety risks.

Can I Plug an EV into a Regular Outlet?

Yes, you can plug an electric vehicle into a standard household socket, but it's crucial to know the several ways that EV owners can charge their cars. Let's take a deeper look:

  • Level 1 charging (120V outlet): A Level 1 charging cable that fits into a typical 120-volt home outlet is included with the majority of electric vehicles. Note that this is the slowest charging option. It can be used to charge your EV overnight at home so that it's ready for daily use, but it's not the best option when you're in a hurry.
  • Level 2 charging (240V outlet): Many EV owners choose to install a Level 2 home charging station in order to greatly speed up the charging procedure. These stations need a 240-volt outlet, the same kind you'd use for an oven or dryer. Level 2 chargers are a more sensible option for regular charging needs because they can cover between 15 and 50 kilometers per hour.
  • DC fast chargers (Level 3): These are the quickest alternatives; they can significantly increase range in a short period of time. They are frequently found in commercial areas and beside highways. Nevertheless, they are less frequent for usage at home and call for specific equipment that may change the infrastructure of your home.

Your requirements, your driving style, and the accessibility of electrical charging stations in your community will all influence your selection of charging solutions. Level 2 home charging stations are more useful for quicker charging at home, even though standard household outlets (Level 1) can be sufficient for overnight charging.

We advise getting help from a nearby licensed electrician like the pros at Moore and Russell Heating and Air Conditioning if you're not sure which kind you want in your house.

Do I Need a Permit to Install an EV Charger in Ontario?

In Ontario, installing an EV charger does require a permit. The following are the essential actions and details you must include when requesting a license from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA): 

  1. Application form: Filling out and completing a permit application form with the Electrical Safety Authority is your first step. 
  2. After your appliance has been approved: Once the application has been accepted, you will need to hire a licensed electrician for your installation. Note that the electrician must complete the installation in compliance with the Ontario Electrical Safety Code. 

Remember to confirm that every piece of equipment has an ESA-approved certification symbol or has been authorized for usage in Canada by a nationally renowned accreditation body like the Canadian Standards Association, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., or Intertek Testing Services.

Are you interested in installing an EV charger in your home? 

The team at Moore and Russell Heating and Air Conditioning is here to make it happen with our newly added licensed electrical team able to accommodate all of your residential electrical needs! If you live in the Lower Mainland or North Shore, don't hesitate to reach out to us to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our licensed and experienced electricians. 

Reach out to us directly or use our convenient online booking form to book your EV Charger consultation with Moore and Russell Heating and Air Conditioning today!

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