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Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

Blue 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 parked on driveway

 

If you will soon be driving an electric vehicle around Chicago, then it’s important to set up your home to accommodate for charging. While there certainly are charging stations in the Oak Lawn area, the convenience of charging your car at home can’t go understated. Find out how to prepare your home for an electric vehicle like the Volkswagen ID.4 with Volkswagen of Oak Lawn! 

Determine Charging Type (AKA Charging Level)

The first step to prepare your home for an electric vehicle is to determine the type of EV charger you will install. The majority of at-home charging stations fall under Level 1 AKA Charging or Level 2 AKA Charging. Here is the difference between the two:

  • With Level 1 electric vehicle charging, batteries typically reach a full charge in several hours, sometimes days.
  • Level 2 electric vehicle charging can also take several hours to complete, unless you opt for Level 2 DC charging, in which case you can expect more electric driving range in less time.

Locate Your Power Panel

An important step in preparing your home for an electric vehicle is locating your power panel and identifying its amperage rating, which indicates the maximum amount of current flow. From there, you will also want to assess your electricity use, so as not to overload your electric distribution panel with the installation of an EV charging system.

Consult an Electrician

Consult with an electrician about your concerns related to your electricity use and the logistics of installing EV charging to your home. An electrician can also install a 240-volt plug that would be ideal for Level 2 charging and carry out any upgrades needed for electric vehicle charging. Finally, an electrician can properly install your EV charging system.

About Volkswagen Hybrid Technology

Volkswagen hybrid technology has advanced even further in recent years, with the introduction of plug-in hybrid models like the Touareg eHybrid and the Touareg R. These innovative models can operate on electricity alone, or blend gas and electricity for highly impressive driving ranges. Ultimately, Volkswagen aims to convert its entire lineup into electric vehicles in the future.

Contact Volkswagen of Oak Lawn to Learn More!

Do you have additional questions about electric vehicle charging, batteries, Volkswagen hybrid technology, or other items related to electric vehicles? Get in touch with Volkswagen of Oak Lawn today! We are happy to advise you on what equipment and preparation is needed for you to drive an electric vehicle around Naperville.

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