With the price of gas always on the rise, more and more drivers in South Carolina are turning to electric vehicles. Not only can they help you save money, but they also allow you to do your part in moving toward a future of clean energy. However, an electric car is only a good substitution for a traditional gas car if you have convenient and reliable access to charging. There are currently three different levels of EV chargers on the market that range from providing a full charge in 24 hours to a full charge in less than an hour. With these options, the experts at Preferred Home Services are here to help you determine which level charger best meets your needs.

Level 1 Chargers

A level 1 charger is the simplest of chargers available. They work by plugging your charging cord into a standard 120V outlet and do not require any additional hardwiring by a professional electrician. These chargers offer the slowest charging option, typically at around 3 miles of range per hour of charge, and a full charge in up to 24 hours. Since drivers must plan ahead in order to leave enough time for a full charge, level 1 chargers are typically best if you have a limited commute or if your EV is not your primary vehicle.

Level 2 Chargers

Close up of a charging electric car

A level 2 charger is the best option for most South Carolina drivers. These require a bit of upfront investment, including having a 240V outlet wired by a professional electrician for your charging cord to plug into. What you receive in return is the ability to charge at a much faster rate than the level 1 alternative. Level 2 chargers provide about 20 to 30 miles of range per hour of charge, allowing you to charge your vehicle fully overnight. With these chargers also come more advanced technology and programming abilities, including the ability to delay charging until non-peak hours. A level 2 charger offers the best in terms of convenience and flexibility, making it an excellent option for those who use their EV car as their primary vehicle.

Level 3 Chargers

Level 3 chargers are not available for residential installation, as they require commercial-level electrical infrastructure for a direct current. Instead, these chargers are often found in parking lots, strip centers, and businesses where EV owners can fully charge their car’s batteries in under an hour. These chargers are a great choice for charging while out running errands or when taking a road trip. 

Choose Preferred Home Services

If you’ve made the switch to an EV, get the charging power you need from Preferred Home Services. While a level 1 charger may be sufficient for some drivers, a level 2 charger is the superior choice, giving you faster charging and greater reliability, especially when the South Carolina heat causes your battery to charge more slowly. If you’re ready to install your level 2 charger, call the team at Preferred Home Services. We offer outstanding service from our licensed and insured electricians and are committed to providing you with convenience!

Call Preferred Home Services today at (843) 405-3601 to schedule the installation of a level 2 charger at your home in Charleston or the surrounding areas of South Carolina.