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Ask an Electrician: Home Charging Installation

Q&A with Kevin Quinn from H&H Electric Co., Inc.

You won't hear many electric vehicle (EV) drivers reminiscing about the good ole days of pumping gas. With an EV, you can "fuel" at home. It really is as easy as it sounds.

EV drivers can plug in to nearly any outlet. To charge at home, you need a standard 110-volt outlet in your garage. But, an even better route is installing a Level 2 charging station, which can charge your EV up to six times faster.

With MGE's Charge@Home program, we make the process easy because we install, own and maintain our customers' Level 2 chargers. There is no up-front installation cost and customers pay about $20 per month plus the cost of their electricity usage.

Some customers have other general questions about installing chargers at their home, so I checked in with Kevin Quinn, project manager for H&H Electric Co., Inc., to answer some of the most common questions.

Kevin Quinn of H&H Electric Co., Inc.

Kevin Quinn of H&H Electric Co., Inc.

Debbie: What are the electrical requirements?
Kevin: Homeowners need a 200-amp house service and a 240-volt, 40-amp circuit in their garage. That's something to keep in mind if you're building a new home.

Debbie: How much does it cost to install a Level 2 charging station?
Kevin: A typical installation can run between $500 to $700. If additional modifications are needed to the electrical system, installation costs increase.

Debbie: What factors affect installation costs?
Kevin: If we have to run wire a long distance or through finished walls or rooms, homeowners will pay more. Wiring in detached garages may need to be updated and some homes may have to upgrade to a 200-amp service.

Debbie: How long does it take to install a charging station?
Kevin: About four to six hours. If additional electric work is needed, like upgrading an electric service, the installation will take more time.

If you're considering installing a charging station for your EV, hiring an electrician is a good start. A licensed electrician can point out any electrical code issues and ensure the electrical service at your house can handle the additional load.

But, if you'd prefer someone else do the legwork and you are an MGE electric customer, you can sign up for our Charge@Home program. We coordinate the installation and handle any maintenance. 

Be sure to visit the EV Rider section of energy2030together.com for additional features about new EVs and charging options!

published: Aug-23-2018

Debbie Branson

Until next time,

Debbie Branson

MGE New Market Manager

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