Is your house Ready for Electric Car Charging?

Electric car batteries are large and to charge them in a reasonably short time overnight or during the day, your electrical system has to be ready for a continuous drain of around 50 AMPS. Which requires at least a 200AMP service with a 200AMP electrical panel.

Tesla Charger

Most of the houses come with a 100AMP or 200AMP Electrical panel.

There are more than TESLA Car chargers on the market, but in general, the charging requirements are the same or similar.

Electric car batteries are large and to charge them in a reasonably short time overnight or during the day, your electrical system has to be ready for a continuous drain of around 50 AMPS. Which requires at least a 200AMP service with a 200AMP electrical panel.

How can I tell that my service is sufficient? When you look at the main breaker on your electrical panel it has to be either a 200AMP single switch (Breaker) or sometimes it comes as 2 handles tied together, both have to be labelled 200AMP.
If you have 2x 100 on the main breaker do not add the numbers together, that is a 100 AMP service.

200AMP Main Breaker
200AMP Main Breaker

In this case, consider calling an electrician to have the panel and service upgraded and a charger line installed near the charger location. Of course, GCCElectric will be happy to assist if you chose us.

There are also small plug-in chargers available that simply plug into a regular 15AMP outlet, but to charge a car battery with it will take 20-30+ hours that probably won’t be sufficient for most car uses.

Contact us with any questions, we’re here to help. 

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