Comprehensive Guide to Selecting an Electric Vehicle Charger in 2024

Sabrina Lopez
June 7, 2021
2 min read

[Originally published on June 7, 2021, | Updated on January 24, 2024 - 4 min read]

Comprehensive Guide to Selecting an Electric Vehicle Charger in 2024

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, and with this rise comes the need for an appropriate home charging solution. Here are five crucial tips to consider when selecting an EV charger:

1. Understand Different Charging Levels
  • Level 1 Charging: This basic charging can be done using a standard 120V household outlet but is time-consuming, taking up to 24 hours for a full charge.
  • Level 2 Charging: Requires a 240V setup, similar to large household appliances. It's much faster, typically charging an EV within 4-6 hours. Installation might require professional help, especially if your home doesn’t already have a 240V outlet.
2. Align Charger Amperage with Your Vehicle
  • Amperage Impact: The charger’s amperage significantly affects the charging speed. A 30-amp charger will charge faster than a 15-amp one.
  • Car Compatibility: Check your vehicle’s maximum amperage acceptance to ensure efficient charging. Aim for a charger that matches or exceeds this amperage for optimal charging.
3. Consider the Charger’s Location
  • Installation Point: The charger should be installed where the EV is parked, considering the charging cable's length.
  • Distance from the Electrical Panel: Proximity to the electrical panel can affect installation complexity and cost. Consulting a professional electrician is recommended for assessing the best location.
4. Portability of the Charger
  • Fixed vs. Portable: Some chargers are designed for permanent installation, while others are portable. Consider a portable model if you might move or want to use the charger in different locations.
  • Plug-in Chargers: Models with a NEMA 6-50 or 14-50 plug offer greater flexibility and can be used with any compatible 240V outlet.
5. Advanced Features and Smart Technology
  • Connectivity: Many modern chargers come with smart features, allowing remote control and monitoring via a smartphone app.
  • Scheduling: Some chargers can be programmed to operate during off-peak hours for cost savings.
  • Energy Tracking: This feature is useful for monitoring your vehicle’s energy consumption, particularly helpful for business use.

For an in-depth understanding of EV chargers and to compare the latest models, visit Energy.gov's Electric Vehicle Charging Station page and ChargePoint, where you'll find comprehensive information about EV charging technologies, or contact Sun Valley Solar Solutions below!