As the popularity of EV’s continues to grow, the demand for reliable and efficient EV charger installation services is on the rise. Installing an EV charger at your home or business not only provides convenience but also contributes to a sustainable future. In this guide, we will explore the importance of professional EV charger installation, choosing the right charger, leveraging local utility company programs, and the step-by-step process of installation. Let’s delve into the world of EV charger installation and unlock the benefits it offers.
Understanding the Importance of Professional EV Charger Installation
Proper installation of an EV charger is crucial for its optimal performance and safety. Hiring a professional EV charger installation specialist, like EV Charge PDX, ensures that the charger is correctly installed, adhering to electrical codes and safety standards. Level 2 chargers require a 240-volt circuit to be installed which is better left to licensed electricians. Professional installation also minimizes the risk of electrical issues, maximizes efficiency, and enhances the lifespan of the charger.
Choosing the Right EV Charger for Your Needs
Selecting the right EV charger is essential to meet your specific charging requirements. Our team at EV Charge PDX provides expert consulting to help you choose the most suitable charger based on your EV model, charging needs, and budget. We consider factors such as charging speed, connectivity options, and future scalability to recommend the ideal charger for your situation. Furthermore, we only recommend high-quality EV chargers that are safety certified, UL listed and come with a minimum of a 3-year warranty.
Leveraging Local Utility Company Programs and Rebates
One of the advantages of working with EV Charge PDX is our expertise in leveraging local utility company programs and rebates. We assist our clients in accessing available rebate programs and rate savings offered by the utility companies. By taking advantage of these programs, you can reduce the overall cost of the charger installation and enjoy long-term savings on electricity usage.
For example, Portland General Electric offers up to a $500 rebate for a qualified Level 2 charger and up to $1000 for those who meet their income eligibility guidelines. Pacific Power and Light offers up to a $500 rebate for hardwired qualifying Level 2 chargers (capped at 75% of total installation costs) or up to $1,500 for income qualified customers. Salem Electric also offers up to a $500 rebate on a qualifying Level 2 charger.
Additionally, Portland General Electric offers two rate savings plans where you can significantly reduce your rate for electricity when charging your EV during off-peak hours.
For example, their Time-of-Day plan rates drop from 32.8 cents per kWh during On-peak (5PM – 9PM) to 7.43 cents per kWh for Off-peak (9PM – 7AM). We can show you how to program this into your charger or car app to take advantage of this automatically. Their Time-of-Use plan is similar but has slightly different rate throughout the day and adjusts based on the season. PGE advises that their Time of Use plan is best if you use most of your electricity late at night or on weekends. If not, you will not benefit from this plan.
The EV Charger Installation Process: Step by Step
- Initial Consultation and Assessment
Our installation process begins with an initial consultation and assessment. We evaluate your property’s electrical infrastructure, parking space, and charging needs to determine the most suitable charger installation options. This step helps us customize our services to meet your unique requirements effectively.
Most assessments can be completed by answering a few questions and sending pictures of your electric panel, your preferred charger installation location, and your electric meter. We will provide a short list of what is needed. However, if your needs are more complex or you feel more comfortable with one of our team members coming to your home or business to gather this information, we are happy to schedule this.
One important consideration is to determine if your electric panel has the capacity to support a dedicated 240V circuit for the EV charger. In our experience, most panels do have this excess capacity, even if all available breaker slots appear to be full. If the panel has 200 amps of total service, we can normally add the EV charger circuit without an expensive panel replacement.
- Charger Recommendation and Procurement
Based on the assessment, we recommend the ideal charger that aligns with your EV model, charging capacity, and other considerations. As part of our comprehensive service, we handle the procurement and sourcing of the charger, ensuring you receive a reliable and high-quality product.
If you already have a charger, no worries! We will focus exclusively on your electrical needs.
- Professional Installation Services
Once the charger is procured (or otherwise available), we will schedule a convenient time for the installation. Our licensed electricians will ensure that the charger is properly connected to your electrical system, compliant with safety regulations, tested and positioned for convenient use. The appropriate electrical permit will be provided as part of this service. Our white glove service guarantees a hassle-free installation experience.
- Charger App Installation and Configuration
After the physical installation, we assist you in downloading and configuring the charger app. The app allows you to monitor charging sessions, track energy usage, and access additional features. Our team provides guidance on using the app effectively to maximize the benefits of your EV charger.
- Documentation for Utility Company Rebates
To simplify the process of submitting the utility company rebates, EV Charge PDX handles all the necessary documentation. We ensure that you have the required paperwork and information to submit your rebate application accurately. Our expertise in this area saves you time and effort while maximizing the potential rebate benefits.
- Ensuring Timely and Efficient Installation
At EV Charge PDX, we understand the importance of timely and efficient installation. From the initial consultation to the final installation, our streamlined process ensures a prompt turnaround time. On average, we aim to complete the entire quote to installation process within two weeks, including charger procurement. You can rely on us to provide a seamless and expedited installation experience.
- Serving the Portland and Salem Metro Areas
EV Charge PDX proudly serves the Portland and Salem metro areas. Our extensive coverage ensures that residents and businesses in these regions can access reliable and professional EV charger installation services. We are committed to expanding our reach and making EV charging accessible to a broader audience.
- Commitment to Customer Satisfaction and Sustainability
Customer satisfaction is at the core of our values at EV Charge PDX. We prioritize delivering white glove service, ensuring that every aspect of the installation process exceeds your expectations. As a local woman-owned business, we are also dedicated to making a positive impact on the environment. For every charger we install, we plant a tree, contributing to a greener and more sustainable future.
Installing an EV charger is a significant step towards embracing sustainable transportation and reducing carbon emissions. With professional EV charger installation services from EV Charge PDX, you can enjoy the benefits of electric vehicle ownership seamlessly. From consultation to installation and beyond, our team is committed to providing top-notch service and ensuring your satisfaction.
Q1: Are there any additional costs associated with the EV charger installation service?
A: The cost of our installation service includes the charger, installation labor, electrical permit and all necessary equipment. We provide transparent pricing, and there are no hidden fees.
Q2: Can I choose a specific charging speed for my EV charger?
A: Yes, we offer a range of chargers that are appropriate for all types of EV’s including plug-in hybrids. During the consultation, we assess your needs and recommend a charger that meets or exceeds your current charging requirements as well as future considerations.
Q3: Is professional installation necessary, or can I install the charger myself?
A: While it may be possible to install an EV charger yourself, professional installation ensures safety, compliance with regulations, and optimal performance. It is not recommended for anyone other than a licensed electrician to work on a high-voltage panel. We highly recommend utilizing our expertise for a safe and seamless installation experience.
Q4: How do I claim the utility company rebate for my EV charger installation?
A: EV Charge PDX assists you with the documentation required for utility company rebates. We provide the necessary paperwork and guidance to help you successfully claim the rebate.
Q5: Do you offer any post-installation support or maintenance services?
A: Yes, we provide post-installation support and can address any queries or concerns you may have. Our goal is to ensure that your EV charger operates smoothly and efficiently.