Do You Need an Electric Vehicle Home Charger?

2023 Cadillac Lyriq Exterior Charging Port


If you’re like a lot of Bartow drivers who are interested in getting an electric vehicle, charging batteries at home is something you’re probably interested in rather than relying solely on the random public electric vehicle charging station. How do you prepare your home for an electric vehicle such as the new 2023 LYRIQ? Do you need an electric vehicle home charger? Keep reading for the answers. You can also contact us with any questions that you might have as well. 

What Kind of Electric Vehicle Home Charger Do You Need?

Will you be driving more than 50 miles a day or just using your car for short hops around Winterhaven? How you use your car determines which kind of electric vehicle home charger you need. And depending on which method is used to charge an electric vehicle, charging batteries can take from a few hours to overnight:

  • Public electric vehicle charging station – You just run short errands in a city with lots of charging stations.
  • Level 1 home charging – You drive less than 50 miles a day and are fine with charging the car overnight.
  • Level 2 home charging – You drive more than 50 miles a day or need to charge the car faster than overnight.

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle – Level 1

Level 1 charging means simply using the cord that comes with your car. But there is still some preparation involved:

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle – Level 1 Home Charging

  • Find the amperage rating on your main circuit breaker.
  • If your home can handle the 12-amp setting on your electric vehicle, use that setting.
  • If your home can’t handle 12-amp charging or you’re not sure, use the default 8-amp setting. 

How to Prepare Your Home for an EV Vehicle – Level 2

If you use a 240w electric home vehicle charger to charge your electric vehicle, charging batteries will only take around 4.5 hours on average. Follow these steps:

How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle – Level 2 Home Charging

  • Clean your garage and prepare a space for the charger.
  • Purchase your charger from your car’s manufacturer or a retailer like Home Depot
  • Hire an electrician to install it. 

Cadillac Lakeland is Here to Help

If you found this guide on home charging electric vehicles to be helpful, check out our other tips and advice such as the Florida EV tax benefits. While you’re here, take a look at our new vehicle specials. We’re just a short drive away from Brandon. Our service center is also here to make sure that your vehicle remains on the road for years to come.


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