Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Are you considering upgrading your Steinbach commute with an eco-friendly electric vehicle? There are many benefits that come with an EV like the Ford Mustang Mach-E or Ford F-150 Lightning. However, there are some things you need to do in advance to prepare your home for an electric vehicle. While there is an ever-growing number of EV charging stations in the Winnipeg area, your electric vehicle home charger home will most likely be your primary method. Learn more about how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle, then explore the new vehicle inventory at Capital Ford Winnipeg to find the Ford EV that will best suit your lifestyle today!

How to Prepare for an Electric Vehicle Home Charger
With an electric vehicle, charging batteries will be a central concern. You should have no problem finding an EV charging station when you're out on the roads around Selkirk, but having an electric vehicle home charger adds convenience and peace of mind. The following steps will help you prepare your home for your new electric vehicle:

1. Decide on a Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)
Your EV will require either Level 1 or Level 2 charging. Here's more information on the charging times for each system:
  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car.
  • Level 2 EV charging typically takes several hours to fully charge your vehicle, but you can frequently get between 96-320 kilometres of range in just 20-30 minutes. Many EV owners in the Steinbach area alternate daytime "top-off" charging with overnight charging.
2. Get Your Garage Ready
Cleaning out and organizing your garage will make it easier to accommodate your new EV and electric vehicle home charger.

3. Find Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption
Locate the main power panel in your home and confirm that it is rated for a maximum amount of current flow measured in Amperes. Most new homes come with a 100 Amp power panel, but you should check the amperage rating printed on your main circuit breaker. To find out how much electrical energy you consistently use in your house, perform a self-assessment of your electricity use before you install an electric vehicle home charger. You do not want to overload your electric distribution panel.

4. Hire an Electrician
Contact a certified electrician to install a dedicated 240-volt plug or add a hardwired circuit back to the power panel. The installation will usually cost a couple of hundred dollars but could jump to $1,000 or $3,000 if your power panel requires upgrading.

5. Install an Electric Vehicle Home Charger
Once you have purchased the electric vehicle home charger that your EV requires, have it professionally installed by your electrician.

Learn More About Electric Vehicle Charging at Capital Ford Winnipeg
The experts at Capital Ford Winnipeg will be happy to fill you in on electric vehicle charging batteries and help you select the right electric vehicle home charger. We're here to make sure you have all the information you need to upgrade to an exciting new electric Ford vehicle. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions.