EV Charger Installation

When you switch to a plug-in electric vehicle, you save on fuel and stop emitting toxic tailpipe pollutants which helps improve everyone’s air quality. Plus you reduce your carbon footprint and get to enjoy a quiet, high performance ride. If you are already driving electric, we thank you! If you are not yet, please think about pledging that your next vehicle will be electric. Read on to learn about charging the battery of your new EV.

Do you have a Tesla or other EV?
Stop by our office, meet the staff, and have a cup of coffee
while you use one of our two 
Level 2 chargers.

Electricity As Fuel

Level 1 Charging: Each Electric Vehicle comes with a cord and adapter that can be plugged into any existing 110v wall outlet for a slow charge. The cord travels with you to use at a friend’s house. You do not need to purchase anything extra. Getting to “full” depends on how far down the battery was when you plugged in, but can take 8 to 12 hours for a full charge if starting near empty. 

Level 2 Charging: Most people decide they need the reliability of a faster charge with a wall mounted Level 2 Medium Speed charger. With a medium speed charger, it usually takes 4 to 6 hours to recharge the car battery, usually overnight, for use the next day. A Level 2 charger needs to be purchased separately from the car and should be installed by a licensed electrician to meet code standards.

Cord Length:
We highly recommend a cable (cord) that is at least 25 feet long to allow the car to be plugged in facing forward or backed in.

Cell Phone App Control: Many systems offer the option of a wifi connect feature so that you can control when your car charges via the app on your phone, provided the charger is within range of your home wireless router.

EV charger installation in Seattle and Greater Eastside WA

On-Screen View: The battery charge level can be checked onscreen inside the car as well as using the mobile app.

SAE J1772 connector: This is the car-end of the cord used to charge a plug-in electric vehicle. With the exception of Tesla, most electric cars sold in Washington use this type of connection. Tesla comes with an adapter so Tesla vehicles may charge on any charging station. The SAE J1772 plug can be used in either a Level 2 charger or a DC fast charger. No adaptor is needed to charge using a typical home outlet.

Outdoor Rated: The charger can be installed on an exterior wall, interior wall, or pedestal near parking. Some are even portable. Closer to the breaker panel keeps the installation cost lower compared to farther away. If you want it outdoors, make sure the charger is rated for outdoors.

Speedy to Install: Installation of a Level 2 charger only takes a few hours.

You have several options for brands of Level 2 Chargers offering a variety of speed and feature options. See a list of brands at the bottom of this page along with links to webpages that help you understand your choices.

EV charger installation in Seattle and Greater Eastside WA


Safety: NWES does it right the first time! We have often been hired to replace EV chargers that were not correctly installed. We have discovered melted outlets and components. When NWES installs a Residential or Commercial Level 2 Charging Station, it will be permitted, installed to code, and inspected. Electrical inspection must occur within 14 days of installation and you must be present to allow access to your site’s breaker panel and charger.

Level 3: Direct Current Fast Charge (DC Fast Charge):  These chargers are the professional grade higher voltage chargers that can fully charge a car in under an hour. In most instances, a car’s owner must pay to use these charging stations, unless the stations are provided as a service by an employer, business, utility or government agency, or purchased as a service with the car. NWES is capable of installing Fast Chargers.

Use the Get Free Estimate button to describe your project and how many chargers you need. Be sure to tell us your EV (model, year, battery size) and any preference you may have for brand of electrical charger.

*NWES installs and services EV chargers for residential, commercial and fleet customers located in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Bothell, Kenmore, and the Greater Eastside. 


EV charger installation in Seattle and Greater Eastside

When you bring home your new electric vehicle, it means no more burning fossil fuels, no more carbon emissions, no more filling up your gas tank, and very low maintenance. But you still need a supply of electricity to recharge your battery.

As an expert electrical firm, NWES has experience installing all types of chargers and the knowledge to match the car you drive with the right charger options for you.

Use the Get Free Estimate button to describe your car, site and if you already purchased the charging equipment.

EV Charger Brands for Home Charging

The world of EV Charging Options is changing rapidly with new charger options every day. You can charge on a simple 110 volt home outlet or buy a charging unit for 240 volt outlet and speed up your charge. The list of brands below is not all inclusive.


Public, Commercial Or Fleet


EV charger installation in Seattle and Greater Eastside

EV charging is a powerful attraction for customers at restaurants, retail shops, workplaces, condos and apartments. Site owners want to keep customers in the stores longer and appeal to those who drive electric.

NWES is well prepared to handle your Public, Commercial or Fleet EV Charging Project whether you seek a bank of Level 2 chargers to serve your customers or employees, OR a more powerful DC Fast Charge. Use the Get Free Estimate form to tell us about your site and goals.

Pictured above: December 2018 Blink public charger at The Hangar in Kenmore, sponsored by the City of Kenmore, installed by NWES.

EV Charger Brands for Commercial or Workplace Charging

New more powerful chargers are being introduced all the time. For commercial sites, numerous options exist for billing or charging to accounts.


Working with Your Utility

Learn about your utility’s support, advice and assistance with powering your plug-in electric vehicle.


WA STATE: Infrastructure, including charging infrastructure is state sales tax exempt until Jan. 1, 2020.

FEDERAL: When you purchase at new EV that is one of the first 200,000 qualified EVs per manufacturer, you are eligible in a federal income tax credit for up to $7500.


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