EV Charger Info Recommendations in Rochester
Reliable Advice in Monroe County & Surrounding Areas
Making decisions about EV chargers can be confusing. Mike Williams Electric has more than 20 years of industry experience and specializes in EV chargers. Our licensed and experienced electricians have extensive knowledge to provide reliable EV charger info recommendations in Rochester, Monroe County, and surrounding areas.
Please contact us at (585) 286-5124 for more information about EV chargers and recommendations.
Selecting the Right Charger
It’s important to select the best charger for your application, as it’s something you’ll be living with, day to day. Your electrical service, the type of vehicle, and the charger's location can all be factors in the decision.
There are three main types of chargers:
- Level 1 – plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet, but can take more than 24 hours to charge the car
- Level 2 – 240-volts (like electric stoves or dryers), can fully charge a vehicle in about 6 hours
- Level 3 – also called “DC chargers” or “superchargers,” mainly for commercial applications
Hard Wired vs. Plug-In EV Chargers
Every EV charger has a long cord that plugs into the car for charging. The difference is that “plug-in” units also have a short cord for input power (about 12 inches long) that plugs into a heavy-duty outlet. “Hard wired” units don’t have that; instead, they get power through a cable that runs directly from the breaker panel to the charger.
Many charger brands are available in either hard wired or plug-in models. Hard wired can be a better option for outdoor installations for security reasons since plug-in units can be easy to steal.
Hardwired Level 2 car chargers:
- Fastened to the wall with heavy screws or bolts
- Connected directly to the panel box, no input plug, no outlet
- Can charge cars faster (depends on models)
- Can be uninstalled, if you decide to sell your home in the future
Plug-in Level 2 car chargers:
- Portable (also easily left behind)
- Sometimes come with the car
- Sometimes fastened to the wall
- Require a special GFCI-type circuit breaker (additional cost)
- Require an outlet box, outlet, and cover (additional cost)
- May require special 4-wire cable (additional cost)
Site Visit. When planning to install an EV charger, the best place to start is with a site visit by an experienced, licensed electrician. Our technician can help you choose the ideal location for the installation, evaluate your electrical system, and determine if any additional electrical work is needed.
Charger choices. We will provide experience-based recommendations that will work inside your garage or outside, with good choices for Rochester and Upstate New York winters. We can help you decide between hard-wired and plug-in chargers. And at Mike Williams Electric, we offer free estimates.
“Mike made sure we were up and running with home charging as fast as possible. His staff was always prompt, courteous, and responsive to our needs.”
Because our company focuses entirely on EV charging, our electricians have deep knowledge and years of experience unmatched in the greater Rochester area. We are experienced with all types of electric car chargers. All installations are performed to the highest standards and comply with all current building codes. There is no better source for information, advice, and installations in Rochester, Monroe and surrounding counties, Upstate New York and the Finger Lakes.
Get in touch with us today at (585) 286-5124 to get a free estimate and recommendations for EV chargers.
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