Preparing Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Blue 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 parked on driveway

 

It’s easy to get swept away in the wealth of impressive technology, thrilling performance, and environmental benefits found in the VW electric car lineup. However, before you take home an EV model, it’s necessary to ask, “What do I need to charge an ID.4?” While you’ll find electric vehicle charging stations around Bedford, preparing your home for an electric vehicle allows for convenient charging as you relax. If you’re interested in the Volkswagen ID.4, learn what you can do to prepare for an electric vehicle/charging batteries at home. 

1. Understand the Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

When charging a VW electric car at home, your options fall to Level 1 or Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations. Here’s what you can expect with electric vehicles and charging batteries at home: 

  • Charging with a Level 1 EV station often takes days to fully charge an electric car. 
  • Level 2 EV charging can take several hours to fully charge an electric car. However, a Level 2 DC electric vehicle home charger can put on 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes. Typically, Willoughby drivers add in an electric vehicle charging battery “top-off” during the day. 

2. Clean and Organize Your Garage

The answer to “What do I need to charge an ID.4?” goes beyond a home charging station. If your garage is more often used as a storage unit, you’ll want to plan a cleaning or organization day. When you schedule your EV delivery, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough space for it to fit. 

3. Locate Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

Preparing your home for an electric vehicle means understanding your home’s energy consumption. The power panel is what distributes electricity to your entire home and measures the maximum amount of current flow in Amperes. Typically, new homes have a 100 Amp panel, however, you can verify your amperage rating with the printed measurement on the main circuit breaker. 

Before installing an electric vehicle home charger, perform a self-assessment of how much electrical energy you consume. You don’t want to end up overloading the power panel by charging your VW electric car. 

4. Hire an Electrician

The next step in preparing for an electric vehicle/charging batteries at your Chardon home is scheduling a visit with an electrician. Take the time to discuss your energy consumption and any concerns you may have to find the best home charging solution for your needs. You’ll likely have the choice of installing a dedicated 240-volt plug or adding a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. Typically, this process costs a couple hundred dollars. However, if you find you need an upgrade because of insufficient energy, it can cost up to $1,000 or $3,000.

5. Buy Your Charger & Have it Installed

After you’ve been vigilant in asking, “What do I need to charge an ID.4?” you’ll find it’s worth it to have a convenient charging setup, right in your garage. Once you find the right charger and have it professionally installed by an electrician, you can get back to your adventures around town. 

Prepare Your Home for an EV with Classic Volkswagen!

Now that you know what goes into charging a VW electric car, continue exploring how an electric vehicle fits into your life by taking a closer look at the ID.4 interior. If you have any questions about home charging stations or if you’re ready to schedule a test drive, be sure to contact our team at Classic Volkswagen.

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