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What you need to know before installing a level 2 charging station at your home

Getting a new electric vehicle soon? Have you thought about getting a level 2 charging station for your home? If so, here’s what you need to consider, from the choice of the charging station itself to everything surrounding its installation.

Choosing the right charging station

The first step is to choose your charging station. This could seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a really important step. There are now many charging stations available so it’s important to figure out which one is suited to your needs and the constraints of your parking spot. Keep in mind that level 2 charging stations tend to be more popular because they will fully charge your vehicle in less time than a level 1 charging station.

You also need to pick a charging station that’s adapted to our winter conditions. Not all charging stations are designed to withstand such harsh weather.

The right specialists

Even before the installation work begins, you need to call an electrician who can assess the state and capacity of your home’s electrical system. You might require an upgrade before your charging station can be installed. For instance, because a level 2 charging station requires a 240-volt power source, your outdoor plug might need to be updated.

An electrical contractor will be involved throughout the entire process. In fact, all work related to the installation of a charging station must be carried out by qualified, specialized electricians. For its part, HydroSolution only hires electricians who are members of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) and the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec (CMEQ).

In fact, relying on specialists is essential. First, because there is a lot of electricity flowing through the connections attached to the charging station, you need to make sure that these are correctly installed and secure. Furthermore, work carried out by electrical contractors usually comes with a warranty. And charging stations sold by HydroSolution come with a warranty on parts and labour. The bottom line is that by relying on professionals, you’ll avoid unpleasant surprises!

A few things to consider before installing your charging station

Once your electrical system is ready, installation can begin. But there are a few more things to consider. First, the location. Will the charging station be installed inside your garage or outside near where you park your car? An outdoor charging station will require cables, an enclosure, and accessories that are more robust to withstand harsh weather.

You’ll also need to install the charging station in a location where the cable can reach your vehicle or get a longer cable.

There are a lot of things to consider if you’re planning to install a level 2 charging station. That’s why you should think about calling upon the experts at HydroSolution. They’ll be able to support you every step of the way. To find out more about our services, visit https://www.hydrosolution.com/en/charging-stations/.