Electric Car Charger Installations

The number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road on Long Island continues to rise every year. EVs are practical, help to reduce emissions and save you money.  Electric cars run at least partially on electricity. Unlike conventional vehicles that use a gasoline or diesel-powered engine, electric cars and trucks use an electric motor powered by electricity from batteries or a fuel cell. The cost to refuel an electric car can also be a fraction of the cost of gasoline, meaning that electric cars can have a lower total cost of ownership. Under certain circumstances, switching to an electric car can save hundreds of dollars a year in fueling costs, compared to even the most fuel-efficient conventional cars. Because there are many positive benefits to electric cars, the numbers will continue to grow. 

According to an article on Forbes.com, “The auto industry is going to be offering more and more plug-in vehicle options. Bloomberg notes that an expected 127 battery-electric models will be introduced worldwide in the next five years. BMW sold 100,000 plug-in vehicles in 2017 and is aiming for 500,000 in total by 2020 and GM CEO Mary Barra says the company will sell over a million electric vehicles a year by 2026, and turning a profit doing so. Believe it or not we are getting closer to the day when it won’t be if you drive electric, but which electric do you drive.”

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles provide many benefits to Long Island residents including:

  • They are energy efficient. EVs convert about 59%–62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels. Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17%–21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.
  • They are environmentally friendly – EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants.
  • Performance benefits – Electric motors provide quiet, smooth operation and stronger acceleration and require less maintenance than internal combustion engines.
  • Reduced energy dependence
  • Reduced noise – EVs are surprisingly quiet
  • Reduced maintenance and service – Electric cars have far fewer moving parts, so they will require much less maintenance. You won’t have to worry as much about oil changes.  You will not have to visit a mechanic very often.

According to The United States Department of Energy, “Fueling with electricity offers some advantages not available in conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. Because electric motors react quickly, EVs are very responsive and have very good torque.  EVs are often more digitally connected than conventional vehicles as well.” EVs can also reduce the emissions that contribute to climate change and smog, improving public health and reducing ecological damage.

Electric Car Charging Options

Most electric cars can travel about 60 to 120 miles on a full charge. EVs do need to be charged at a charging station usually every other day (depending on how much you drive). Charging your vehicle should be a convenient thing to do – so it may be a good idea to have an electric car charging station installed in your home.

Most gas stations have electric vehicle charging stations, however you often need to allow your electric car to charge for several hours.  You certainly are not going to spend several hours at gas station or an electric car charging station while your EV is charging! If you are interested in having an electric car charger installation at your home – Marra Electric can help.

Electric Car Charger Installation

If you have an electric car charging station installed at your home – you can take advantage of all the conveniences that this will offer. With a home EV charging station – just like a smartphone, you can plug in your EV when you get home and have it ready for you to use the next morning.

Make sure that you hire a professional electrician who has experience installing electric car charging stations.  This is not a job that you can do yourself.  An article on PopularMechanics.com explains, “Put simply, this is probably a job for a professional electrician. The good news is that when you buy an EV or a plug-in, many electric utilities offer incentives that cover the cost of a charger and its installation. So, hiring a pro to do the work not only is easy but also potentially free. This job will require an inspection—another reason for having the unit professionally installed.”

Marra Electric can install an electric car charging station in your home or place of business in Suffolk County. A smart electric vehicle charging station will provide you with the convenience of charging your electric car right at your own home.  The certified electricians at Marra Electric can expertly install the necessary 240-volt outlet that is needed to charge your electric car.

Marra Electric is an experienced charging station installation company that can perform the necessary installation of your electric car charger.  They service customers in Suffolk County and throughout Long Island.

They can install the EV charging station at your home or place of business on Long Island.  They will send an experienced electrician to your home who will handle all of necessary requirements for the charging station installation. Once the electric vehicle charging station is installed, you will be able to charge your EV at any time. Most electric car owners agree that this is a practical and convenient option for charging their electric cars!

Installing an Electric Car Charging Station at Your Home

First contact a reputable company that can perform an electric car charging station installation at your home on Long Island. Decide where you want the charging station to be installed.  Electric car charging stations can be installed in a garage, in a driveway or another outdoor accessible area in your home.

Installing a home electric vehicle charger can reduce your carbon footprint and reduce your charging costs by having the flexibility to conveniently charge your vehicle during utility off-peak hours.

Your new electric vehicle and in-home EV charger will allow you to plug in each evening to wake up to a full battery every morning. Many EV owners top off their vehicle battery for a few hours each evening. You can relax knowing that your 240-volt EV car charger will fully charge your vehicle in just a few hours.

Make sure that you have the proper wiring in your chosen area as well. Old wiring going to the garage might need to be replaced, and longer distances can come with a nominal increase in the size and cost of the cable that runs to the charger. In most instances, though, an electrician will be able to properly wire to your garage. National Electrical Code Article 625 covers the rules for EV-charger installation, such as where a charger can be mounted and what kind of wiring is required. Check state and local codes as well.

Should You Install a Plug In or Hard Wired Electrical Car Charger?

Chargers come in two types: plug-in chargers that go into an outlet and chargers that are hardwired directly into your electrical panel in your house. There are pros and cons to each type. Plug-in chargers are nice because they can come with you on the road, you can take them with you when you move, and if they ever break or need to be serviced, you can just unplug them. It’s also easier to upgrade a plug-in charger later. The downside is that it’s probably going to be more expensive to add an outlet to your home than to wire the charger directly into your panel.

A hardwired installation means that you require the assistance of an experienced electrician. But if your electrical panel is in your garage, it’s almost certainly going to be less expensive to install than an outlet.

If you hire a knowledgeable electrician, they will be able to take care of all of the details related to the installation. An experienced electrician like Marra Electric can determine the best location for your electric car charging station and the best electrical circuit to support your vehicle.  If you live in Suffolk County or anywhere on Long Island – contact the experts at Marra Electric. They will come to your home and walk you through all of the aspects of your EV charger installation.

Make sure you contact the most experienced company for your electric car charger installation!  Hire a reputable electrician.

If you are interested in having an electric car charging station installed in your home in Suffolk County or anywhere on Long Island, contact Marra Electric.  The electricians at Marra Electric are fully licensed and insured and have been providing quality electrical services to residents and businesses throughout Long Island since 2004.

If you need any electrical work performed on your home or business, be sure to call Marra Electric. Call them at 631-772-8576 to set up an appointment today. They can install an electric car charging station at your home so that you can charge your EV at any time of day or night.