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EV FAQ

WHAT IS AN 'EVSE'?

EVSE stands for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment. An EVSE is a base component that supplies energy to recharge a battery on an electric vehicle. They are also referred to as 'charging stations', 'charging points' and 'EV chargers'.  

WHAT'S A LEVEL 2 CHARGING STATION?

Trout Electric can assist you with every type of charging solution on the market: 
Level 1-  120-volt charging cord usually provided to customers that allows owners to charge their vehicle with a conventional outlet. This is the slowest method of charging your vehicle. Complete charge varies from vehicles with the average time about 16+ hours
Level 2- 240-volt plug that may also require the installation of a charging station, depending on the make of your vehicle. Level 2 charging significantly reduces your charging time by more than half the rate from a Level 1
Level 3- These chargers are commonly referred to as 'DC Fast Chargers'. They're typically found in public locations such as retail stores, car dealerships, City Hall, hotels and other public settings. This type is the quickest for charge times, averaging 30 minutes to being fully charged. Not all vehicles are compatible with this method. 


WHAT IS THE COST FOR MY EV CHARGER AND INSTALLATION?

This can vary due to installation location, type of charger, existing electrical system, and individual preferences . Call our office to schedule a free in home estimate. Our technician can provide you with options that will best fit your needs.

I'M A TESLA OWNER

Trout Electric is a recommended electrician for Tesla. If you're not sure what option is best for you, our technician can assist you with that. 
Model S charge rates
Mobile Connector-  Your standard equipment provided with a Nema 14-50 outlet: 29 miles per hour 
Wall Connector-This is the fastest in home charging method that Tesla currently offers.‚Äč
  • Standard Charger Vehicles- charge rate at 34 miles per hour with a 60 amp circuit. 
  • High Amperage Charger Upgrade Vehicles: installed with a 90 amp circuit, charge rate is 52 miles per hour 

I HAVE A SCHEDULED INSTALLATION DATE: HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE?

It can vary, but most installations take 2-3 hours. Depending on the complexity of your installation, it may take longer. 

PERMITS

Why do I need a permit? It's just a plug...
Not true! It's critical to follow the guidelines of your city or county to ensure your charging location is safe from potential dangers. If your charging station is installed incorrectly this can compromise the safety of your home. The purpose behind building permits is to give credible assurance that a home is safe from structural failure, fire hazards from electrical and heating systems, electrical shock, and other serious risks. Your permit can now provide you with a permanent record of the installation for your EVSE
Your city or county will require a permit for all Level 2 charging stations and up. We will provide them with a load calculation, plot plan, charger specifications and any other requested documents they may need. Once the plans and forms are approved, a permit is obtained. Now you can have piece of mind knowing your new EVSE won't jeopardize your home of office.

I ALREADY HAVE AN EV AND WANT TO GET A SECOND, CAN I CHARGE THEM AT THE SAME TIME?

Yes, as long as your home's electrical system can handle the additional load. During your free estimate, your technician will perform a  load calculation of your entire home's electrical infrastructure. Depending on your main service size (and the current load with the existing charge station), is what will determine whether your electrical system can handle another EVSE. If the load exceeds the maximum amperage that your panel can use, your technician can provide you with options that will allow you to add another charging station. 

CHARGING AWAY FROM HOME

Do you want to plan a trip in your EV?
If you're going to travel, and you're needing to charge along the way, there are many apps and websites that can direct you to a destination charger. Below are a few:

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you still have questions, please contact us at any time. 

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