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 the charging station you have selected.
SRP recommends hiring a licensed electrician to install your charging station. When consulting with the electrician, be sure to ask the following:
- Do I need to upgrade my electrical panel?
- Is ventilation required?
- What is the charging level?
- How much does installation cost?
- When will it be completed?
- Will they submit all required permits and oversee inspections if required by the city?
NOTE: permitting and inspection requirements vary by city. Check with your local municipality for more information.
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.