Throughout Orange County, drivers are beginning to embrace electric cars — especially the incredibly designed and environmentally friendly Tesla. However, making the switch to an electric vehicle means you’ll need to be able to charge your car in an easy and sustainable way that fits your lifestyle. For many people, that means installing a Tesla charging station in their homes.
Fortunately, for those people who choose a Tesla charger can count on Infinity Solar, Inc of Orange for their service — as we are now a proud certified installer of the the Tesla electric vehicle charger.
What You Need to Know About Tesla Charger Stations
Before you buy Tesla and install a charging station on your property, there are some key things you need to know, including:
1. You may need an electrical upgrade
Charging an electric car uses a lot of electricity. As such, you may require a service upgrade, especially if your home is older or on the small side.
2. Fast charging is preferred
When you schedule your Tesla charger installation in Orange County, you’ll need to choose between fast and slow charging. Fast charging is best for your electric car because it ensures that the battery is entirely charged after each use, thus prolonging its lifecycle.
3. Think about location
The ideal location for a Tesla charging station is your garage or driveway. If you don’t have access to either one, you’ll need to talk with your electrical contractor about other options.
What to Expect During a Tesla Charger Installation
When our certified installation team comes to your home for an Orange County Tesla charger installation, we’ll make sure the job is done right, your home is safe and you have the electricity you need to power your electric vehicle and your regular appliances for years to come.
To start, we’ll confirm that the existing electrical outlet that will be used for the station is properly installed. If no electrical outlet is present, we will install one for you.
We’ll then inspect capacity of your service panel to determine whether or not it can handle the new load. If necessary, we will upgrade your panel and install a dedicated electrical circuit.
From there, we’ll talk to you about the various charging stations that are available to you, including:
Level 1 Charging
Level one charging is inexpensive and very simple to set up. However, it’s also the slowest form of charging, which means it’s not in the best interest of your vehicle long-term. It uses a special extension cord that plugs into a home outlet with 120 volts.
If you choose this option, you typically won’t need an upgrade to your service panel, but no other appliances can use the same outlet.
Level one charging works for all electric vehicles, including the Tesla. A one-hour charge equates to about three to five miles.
Level 2 Charging
This is the most popular choice here in Orange County. This option charges your vehicle faster than level one, but it does require a special set-up because it needs 240 volts.
This station is covered in a container and hangs on the garage wall, protruding out about twelve inches. You then just bring the charging cord with connector and plug it into your car. This option comes with a number of benefits, including:
- Works with multiple brands, including Tesla
- Charges your car overnight
- A one-hour charge equals about 8 to 24 miles
At Infinity Solar, Inc of Orange — our team knows electricity. Whether you’re just starting to explore the possibility of purchasing an electric car, or already have a clear vision in mind of how you want to incorporate a charging system into your home, we can help you take the necessary steps to achieve your best outcome.