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. To encourage the transition to clean transportation, here in Washington State, EV supply equipment including home and commercial EV chargers, are sales tax exempt.
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 can travel with you to use at another location where a 110 outlet is available. You do not need to purchase anything extra. Getting to “full” depends on how far down the battery was when you plugged in, but it 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 then 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.
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 style connector. 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. Northwest Electric and Solar is happy to install and wire in your choice of charger, or you can seek our advice.
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 EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), that is chargers for residential, commercial and fleet customers located in Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood, Lake Forest Park, Edmonds, Everett, Marysville, Snohomish County, Mercer Island, Renton, Tukwila, Burien, Greater Eastside and throughout King County.
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 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 which the City of Kenmore hired us to install.
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.
WA STATE: Infrastructure, including EV charging equipment purchase and installation, is state sales tax exempt.
FEDERAL: When you purchase at new electric vehicle 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.
- Why Make the Switch to Plugin Electric Vehicle? from Plug In America
- Understanding Electric Vehicle Charging from Plug In America
- Guide to existing US Federal Tax Credits and Incentives for Plug-In Electric Vehicles
- How to Choose the Right Home Charging Station – written for Canadian residents but contains useful info for USA
- Video about how plug in electric vehicles work – From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)