Know Your EV Charging Options
A dedicated wall charger is the fastest way to charge any electric car at home. If installed on a 60 amp circuit, you can generally charge at the max AC charging rate supported by the onboard charger. For example, Model 3 Long Range can charge up to 44 mph with a Tesla Charger. But some older homes cannot accommodate a 60 amp circuit with their existing electrical panel and/or service. While one option is to simply upgrade these electrical components, this might be expensive (depending on what changes are needed).
The average cost of panel upgrades for Green Zuru customers is between $2,500 to $3,000, and can cost upwards of $7,000 depending on the complexity and scope of the upgrade). For homeowners with their first electric vehicle and who are not ready to upgrade their electric panel, there is an installation alternative.
A popular option we offer customers is to install an industrial grade 6-20 outlet or Level 2 wall charger on a 20 amp, 240-V circuit instead of the typical NEMA 14-50 or 50 amp, 60 amp Tesla Wall Charger setup. With a 6-20, 240-V outlet, you can charge your electric vehicle up to 15 mph, which means 120 miles of range after an 8 hour charge overnight. We find this to be a suitable solution for customers with one electric vehicle living at an older home in Southern California, which is incredibly common.
Wondering if this may be a better fit for your at home charging needs? Submit a quote or speak with an installation team specialist today.
20 amp, 240-V
Affordable solution for older homes that have 100-amp service and are not ready for a full service and panel upgrade, yet. A 20-amp, 240-V charging solution replenishes up to 15 mph range, which is plentiful for most commute needs.
NEMA 14-50 Outlet
For homes with 200-amp level service, the NEMA 14-50 is the "ev plug." However, always make sure that your installer is using industrial grade NEMA 14-50 (for safety) and GFCI breaker (for code). Charges up to 37 mph.
Hardwired wall chargers provide the safest and most optimal charging experience. Strongly recommended by car manufacturers (e.g. Tesla) for the purposes of compliance, safety, and value.