November 10, 2023
5 Reasons to Install a Level 2 EV Charger
As Denver and Boulder move towards an eco-friendlier future, electric vehicles (EVs) are cruising into more and more garages. But to make the most of your EV, you need more than just a plug — you need a powerhouse that refuels your ride quickly and efficiently so that it’s ready when you need it.
A Level 2 charging station offers substantial benefits over standard Level 1 units: they provide greater efficiency, increase your property value and reduce charging time significantly. It’s important to note that Level 3 chargers are becoming more common at commercial sites but are impractical for home use. Let’s look at why installing a Level 2 charger in your home makes sense in 2024.
What is a Level 2 Charger?
Unlike their Level 1 counterparts that trickle charge from a standard 120-volt wall outlet, Level 2 chargers amp up the volts to charge up your EV faster. To achieve this, they tap into a 240-volt supply, similar to what heavy-duty appliances, like your dryer, use. Level 2 chargers facilitate a more efficient energy transfer to deliver a faster charge to your vehicle.
Level 3 EV chargers are even faster, charging vehicles in about an hour, but use direct current (DC) as their power source. However, your home uses alternating current (AC) to power all of your appliances and electronics because it is safer and easier to transmit over long distances. Installing a Level 3 DC charging device would be costly up front and would significantly increase your utility bill with each charge.
5 Benefits of a Level 2 Charging Station
1. Faster Vehicle Charging Times
A critical advantage of Level 2 chargers is the remarkable reduction in charging time. Where Level 1 chargers may require upwards of 20 hours to charge an EV fully, Level 2 chargers can accomplish this in approximately 3-8 hours, depending on the vehicle’s make and model. This improvement in charging efficiency is a pivotal factor for EV owners who drive longer distances and require quick turnarounds.
2. Increased Home Value
Future-proofing your home? A Level 2 charger is your ticket. A recent study in California showed that residences with an installed EV battery charging station were valued 3.3% more than those without. As a new generation of environmentally conscious buyers emerges, a Level 2 home charger becomes a highly desirable property feature. In Colorado’s competitive housing market, it will likely become a significant differentiator.
3. Convenience and Ease of Use
Public charging stations are a wonderful perk but can be a hassle to find and use. With a Level 2 charger in your garage, you’re always one plug away from a full battery. And with smart features like scheduling and usage tracking available through mobile apps, managing your EV’s energy diet is a breeze.
4. Compatibility with Future Electric Vehicles
Installing a Level 2 charger is a long-term investment that ensures you’re ready for the next generation of electric cars. With universal compatibility, you won’t need to upgrade to meet your future residential charging needs.
5. Environmental Impact
Embracing a Level 2 charger is a commitment to environmental stewardship. By leveraging a more efficient charging system, homeowners contribute to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and align with Denver’s net zero renewable energy initiatives for cleaner energy use.
Level 2 Charger Installation
EV charging station installation should be performed by a licensed, professional electrician to ensure compliance with Colorado’s building and electrical safety regulations. Certified electricians can navigate the permitting process, installation requirements and ensure that the charging station operates at peak efficiency within your home.
Because Level 2 EV chargers require a 240-volt circuit, it may be necessary to upgrade your home’s electrical panel. Have a technician evaluate your current output to determine if your home has enough incoming power for your charging station or needs an upgrade.
Let Applewood Install Your EV Charger
Enjoy the convenience and efficiency of a Level 2 home charger. Applewood’s professional electricians are Plug Star certified and familiar with a variety of charging options including Tesla home chargers. Vehicle charging saves gas and contributes positively to your property’s valuation and the broader environmental goals of the community. Contact Applewood today to learn more.