Say Goodby to Charging Stations
Know your options for home charging.
ϟ Home Charging Basics
So, you just bought a new electric car. While you no longer have weekly gas station visits, you still need to charge your car. You could use charging stations, but sitting in your car or wandering the mall while your car charges gets old….fast.
The best option, as any dealership will tell you, is to install a dedicated wall charger. Provided you can install the charger on a 60 amp circuit, you can quickly charge your car. While this won’t charge as fast as a supercharger, you can charge a Tesla Model 3 up to 30 mph (or 44 mph if you have the Long Range Version). Even if you are limited—you have an older home and can only run the charger on a 20 amp (240 volt) circuit—you can still get up to 15 mph. Even if you only charge your car overnight while you sleep, you can get 120 miles on eight hours of charging. For your average driver, this is more than enough to keep your car charged for a normal commute.
Level 1 Mobile Charging Cords: 3 to 4 mph
Pros: Level 1 Chargers can be used with most household, 3-prong outlets.
Cons: Slowest charge option, not suitable for most drivers unless paired with a stable electric vehicle charger elsewhere.
Level 2 Mobile Charging Cords: 10 to 30 mph
Pros: Many vehicles come equipped with a Level 2 mobile charger, which offers higher range and flexibility.
Cons: Not meant to be used as a regular charging solution due to NEMA 14-50 outlet construction (safety concerns).
Level 2 Hardwired Wall Units: 25 to 45 mph (Recommended)
Pros: Most energy efficient, fastest, and safest charger option to use on a daily basis. Recommended by manufacturers.
Cons: Costs extra to purchase the wall charger in addition to installation, and the unit is not portable given hardwiring.