Can Your Roanoke Electrical System Handle a Tesla or Other Electric Vehicle?

Hand holding electric plug for charging electric car.Hand holding electric plug for charging electric car.

So, you finally made the jump to an electric vehicle, but you’re realizing that wimpy cord they gave you at the dealership just isn’t cutting it. But before you install a dedicated charger in your garage, here’s what you need to know about your Roanoke electrical system from Southern Trust Home Services. 

Your Electric Car is Bigger than a Toaster

In the United States, our wall plugs support a maximum of 120 volts. That’s enough to run your microwave or toaster, but it’s often not enough to charge an electric car to full, even if left overnight. The truth is, your car’s just bigger than a toaster, and it needs more power. 

There’s a way that homeowners can provide more power to larger devices in their home, and it might look familiar. Those giant outlets that electric ovens, washing machines or dishwashers use provide continuous 240v power, which is exactly what you need to charge your electric car, crossover or Cybertruck. 

The Trouble with Chargers

 The best way to charge your battery-powered car is to have a dedicated Level 2 (240v) charger installed in your garage or carport. The good news is that, in many cases, grants exist to make this easier and more affordable. Installing these chargers requires a licensed electrician to run new wiring, install new electrical panels and upgrade your breaker to support the new outlet. 

The Roanoke electrical experts at Southern Trust Home Services can provide the guidance, support and expertise you need to find the right solution to your charging woes. Contact Southern Trust online, or call us at (540)-343-4348 to find out how you can upgrade your garage. With electric cars, the future looks bright, and we can help get you there a whole lot faster.

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