Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity. In 2014, approximately 120,000 EVs were sold in the United States. Most EV drivers, approximately 80%, will charge at home. Electric vehicles can charge by plugging into a standard 120-volt outlet (Level 1 charging). However, drivers will likely prefer to charge faster (especially those with longer daily commutes) and will need to install a Level 2 charger. You can make homes ready for EV charging by installing 208/240-volt power and a 40 amp dedicated electrical service in the garage, similar to what is required for a clothes dryer or an oven. Some EV chargers may require a higher amp service.
For more information on installing electric vehicle charging equipment:
- Read the U.S. Department of Energy Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Electrical Contractors.
- Call Debbie Branson, MGE’s New Market Manager, at 608-252-5632.