Get your EV home charging station installed
After determining which electrical vehicle to purchase, the next step is getting an at-home charging station set up.
Step 1: Determine what type of charging station would work best for your EV and home.
- Consult with the plug-in electric vehicle dealer to determine what type of charging station is required for the vehicle.
- Review the Electric Power Research Institutes' consumer's guide to electric vehicle charging for additional information about charging stations.
Step 2: Contact SRP at (602) 236-8888 for information about electrical service requirements, metering and the right price plan for you.
Ask the customer service representative:
- Do I need home electrical upgrades?
- How will it impact my energy usage?
- Would the EV price plan be a good fit?
Step 3: Install your charging station.
SRP recommends hiring a licensed electrician to install your charging station. When consulting with the electrician, here are some questions to ask:
- Do I need to upgrade my electrical panel?
- Is ventilation required?
- What's the charging level?
- How much does installation cost?
- When will it be complete?
- If required by your city, will the electrician submit all necessary permits and oversee inspections?
Note that permitting and inspection requirements may vary depending on where you live. Check with your city for more information. To assist your contractor and help simplify the permitting process, SRP has worked with local cities to create an EV Installation Plan
Types of at-home EV charging stations
Pure battery electric vehicles and faster, higher-voltage charging methods may require a home electrical panel upgrade in addition to a dedicated 240-volt circuit.
Level 1 (120 volts)
- It uses the standard 120-volt outlet that typically won't require you to make modifications to your electric panels or home wiring. Confirm that your home's electrical panel is at least 15 or 20-amp, single pole by consulting with a licensed electrician.
- Most plug-in hybrid electric vehicles take four to six hours to fully charge.
- A battery electric vehicle takes 12 to 24 hours to fully charge.
Level 2 (240 volts)
- It increases the charge power two to four times and decreases the typical full charge time for a battery electric vehicle to four to eight hours.
- It will likely require a new dedicated circuit from the electric panel to a wall location near the EV parking spot.
- Consult with a licensed electrician to verify that your home has a two-pole 30 to 50-amp electrical circuit breaker panel.
DC fast charging (400 volts)
- It is the fastest charging method available.
- Some vehicles can charge in as little as 15 minutes, depending on the battery type.