What You Need to Know Before Buying a Level 2 EV Charger

Are you considering purchasing a Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) charger for your home? Level 2 charging stations are a popular choice among homeowners who want to charge their electric cars overnight and want a faster charging option than Level 1 chargers. Before making a decision, here are some tips you should keep in mind.

Government Incentives

Did you know that some government agencies offer incentives for purchasing Level 2 EV chargers? For example, BC Hydro offers a rebate of up to 50% off the purchase and installation costs of an eligible Level 2 EV charger, to a maximum of $350 for single-family homes. Quebec’s Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, also offers a $600 rebate for the purchase and installation of a Level 2 EV home charging station for new chargers only. If you live in New Brunswick, check out the Plug-IN NB Home Charger Rebate for eligible Level 2 charging stations. More information can find here: https://pionpowertech.com/index.php/ev

Compliance with Home Outlet Standards

To install a Level 2 EV charger, you must comply with home outlet standards. For example, Pion Power Flex-AC is a plug-in EV Charger that requires the right outlet. Using the same standard plug as a cooking range (NEMA 14-50) and small appliances. TV and microwaves (NEMA 5-15), which are the most common outlets found in North American homes. Make sure to choose the right connectors for your home outlets. If there are no outlets in your usual parking area, you may need to hire a licensed electrician to install a plug for your Level 2 EVSE unit.

Safety Certifications

Hardwired EV charging stations are a popular choice for EV owners who want a more permanent charging solution. However, the installation process can be complicated and expensive. In addition to the cost of the unit itself, hardwired installations require a licensed electrician to run new wiring and install a dedicated circuit breaker. This can add up to several thousand dollars in installation fees. While hardwired stations offer a clean and seamless look, the high cost and complexity of installation make them less accessible for many homeowners. However, Pion Power Flex-AC is a plug-in EV charger that does not require any hardwiring or complex installation. The Flex AC simply plugs into a standard 120V or 240V outlet, making it easy and cost-effective to install. This also makes the  Pion Power Flex-AC a great option for renters or those who may need to move their charger in the future.

A Level 2 EV charger can be a great investment for homeowners with electric vehicles, providing faster charging and convenience. However, it’s important to do your research and make an informed decision by investing in a high-quality product like Pion Power Flex-AC Level 2 EV charger, so you can enjoy the benefits of electric vehicle ownership while knowing that you’ve made a smart and safe investment.

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