As Electric vehicles become more popular, one of the questions we get asked a lot is “Does my existing electrical panel have the capacity to run an electric vehicle charger?” The answer depends on many factors.

The higher the input amperage, the faster your car will charge. Determining whether your service panel is capable of providing the necessary power to meet your charging needs will depend on the existing electrical loads throughout your home.

There are three levels of EV charging stations – Level 1, 2 and 3. Level 1 chargers are most versatile but least practical as they plug into a standard 120v receptacle but could take between 24-48 hours to achieve a full charge. A more practical alternative are Level 2 chargers. They are most commonly used in households and commercial settings but require a 240V receptacle.

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