The technology used by car manufacturers keeps evolving every day. This is evident in the types of cars we use these days. Although not yet in use by the majority, it is still safe to say electric cars are simply here to stay. If you own an electric car, then chances are that you need a charging point to charge your car on a regular basis. Although most electric cars manufacturers have these chargers installed in strategic locations, it is still relevant that you have a charging point installed, especially when you can afford it. Now let’s take a look at some important points to consider when trying to install an electric car charging point.
Consider the installation type
The installation type simply depends on where you want the charging point installed. You can opt for permanent installation if you are installing the charging point in your home or somewhere you visit regularly. You can opt for the removable type of installation as well, just know that these two options are available to you. Keep in mind that before you choose the right kind of installation type for you house, you need to get your house ready. This means that the electrical wiring in your house needs to be checked, to know if it can support an electric car charging point. Hire an electrician to check the wiring of your house, if you have to.
Length of the cord
Having an electric charging point installed has everything to do with the length of the cord. No one needs to tell you how important this is. You should consider how far away you can keep your car while charging. This also depends on where you often park your car, if you are installing the charging point in your home, then that would be in your garage. So you need to install the charger close to where your car is parked. Most people like charging their electric cars while parked in the driveway, this simply means you need to get a long cord. 18-foot cord should be fine for most scenarios. The electric car charging point can also be installed in your driveway, if you don’t have a garage.
Amperage is important
Amperage has to do with the electrical current consumption of the charger. Get a charging point, which can easily be integrated with your existing wiring. It is worthy of mention that the 16-amp charging point works fine for most plug-ins, since it doesn’t draw too much current. When it comes to installing a charging point however, the default amperage to consider is 30-amp, this is basically because it provides fast charging speeds. In addition to the amperage of the charging point, it is crucial that you have some kind of mechanism that would communicate between the car and the charger i.e. in terms of how much current is need by the car. Having such mechanism in place will ensure that your car is always safe while charging.