Make sure your home’s ready before investing in an EV

With gas prices up this spring — and expected to continue rising this summer — many frustrated drivers may start thinking about trading in their combustion-fired fossil fuel guzzlers for the sleek, smooth efficiency of an electric vehicle.

EV technology is advancing quickly, expanding the driving range and improving performance and comfort. Gas-powered cars and SUVs still outsell the electric competition by a significant margin, but the gap is closing. If current conditions have you considering a switch from gas to electric, or if you’ve been thinking about an EV for a while, there are some major factors to consider. Among them is whether your home is EV ready.

EV drivers in some metro areas can easily juice up at work or accessible public charging stations. As that infrastructure grows, and as driving range continues to expand, home charging stations may become optional. Until then, however, most American EV drivers will depend on a home charge for consistent, reliable battery power.

Most EVs can be charged directly through a standard electrical outlet, but drivers may find the wait inconvenient: a full charge can take up to 24 hours. Some homes will need an expensive electrical upgrade to accommodate high-end EV models. In most cases, a 220- or 240-volt outlet, like those used for large appliances, will charge a standard EV in a few hours.

Unless you have an unused outlet in the garage or are willing to frequently plug in and unplug the dryer, consult an electrical professional for an inspection if you’re thinking about switching to an EV. The Roanoke electrical experts at Southern Trust Home Services are traineded to address your situation and recommend the right solution for you and your family. Call us at (540) 343-4348 or contact us online.

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