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What Your Garage Needs to Prepare for an Electric Vehicle

As gas prices flirt with the $3 mark in the United States, attention turns toward the electric vehicle and hybrid market once again.

One of the best ways to defeat high gasoline costs is to use cheaper electricity to power your vehicle. With the increases in battery size and storage, the total range on some models is getting close to 500 miles.

Before you invest in an EV or hybrid, you might need to get your garage ready for your new vehicle.

What You Need to Have at Home for an EV

1. 240v, 20-40A Outlet

When you purchase an electric vehicle, you’ll want to have an EVSE in your garage. That abbreviation stands for “Electric Vehicle Service Equipment.” It’s a wall-mounted box that connects your vehicle to a home’s electrical connection safely. You’ll need to have it charging about 10 hours per day through this technology to get the full range. 

If you only have a 120V outlet, it’ll take twice the time to charge your car. Should there not be an outlet in your garage, you’ll need to have one added.

2. Climate Control

Electric batteries don’t like changing weather conditions. You’ll want to have your garage finished to the point where it maintains temperature controls with reasonable accuracy. If the interior temps drop too much, you can reduce the battery’s overall lifespan.

The one step that gets forgotten during this process is the weatherstripping around the garage door. 

3. Space

Although you could park your EV outside, it’ll handle better when you have room inside. That means you’ll need to make a parking area to use. If you don’t have an exterior shed, it might be necessary to host a garage sale or donate some items to charity.

When you have the EVSE setup installed, it helps to have a 25-foot cord available to manage the charging process. Although the total cost averages around $1,000 for the modifications, the prices can be significantly higher if extensive wiring changes are necessary.