Level 2 J1772 Charger (Outlet) Installation Must-Read
ϟ Level 2 Charger NEMA 14-50 Package
NEMA 14-50 (nema 14 50) Installation Package includes:
- ✔ Installation by a licensed, insured, and bonded electrician
- ✔ Industrial grade 50A wall outlet
- ✔ GFCI circuit breaker (National Electric Code, Section 625.60 requirement)
- ✔ Requisite electrical conduit
- ✔ Paperwork assistance (e.g. California Clean Vehicle Rebate)
ϟ Why We Use an Industrial Grade Wall Outlet
Residential outlets that most electricians use from Home Depot or Lowes aren't made with electric vehicle charging in mind. In fact, residential grade outlets have fiberglass insulators that can melt or fail after a few months of frequent use. For purposes of safety and reliability, Green Zuru installations use Industrial Grade NEMA 14-50 outlets, as recommended by car manufacturers. To learn more about the industrial grade outlet that we use, click here.
ϟ Why We Use a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) Circuit Breaker
Recent updates to the National Electric Code, Section 625.60 specifically mandates that GFCI breakers - which typically cost almost $100 more than regular breakers - need to be installed for wall outlets used for the purposes of electrical vehicle charging.
Note that though it may seem like a nuance, GFCI's are critical in ensuring safety in the event of shock from electricity coming in contact with water.
ϟ Why We Recommend Wall Charging Units Over Wall Outlets
It is common for mobile chargers (connectors) from car manufacturers (e.g. Tesla, Ford, Chevy) to have built-in GFCI protection. If the unit is installed with an outlet with a GFCI breaker (GFCI charger + GFCI outlet combo), this likely results in faulty trips. Frequent faulty trips lead to damage of the breaker and charger over time.
Many customers believe that the mobile charger (connector) that comes with the car is the economical solution to daily charging needs. This is false. Factoring in the 30% federal tax credit, and compared against the added cost of the premium parts required for safe and reliable wall outlet installations, we strongly recommend installing a hardwired home charging station instead.
ϟ ZURU Installation
Upfront pricing, easy scheduling, and paperwork assistance for ev charger installation for every electric vehicle. Fill out a quote today and work with a ZURU installation specialist to find the best charging setup for your needs.
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