With 1,100-plus public charging stations across the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Clean Charge Network makes it easy to charge when you’re on the go.
But what about charging at home? Most electric vehicle charging still takes place overnight, so making your home EV ready is an important step. All you need is a sufficiently sized outlet and some service equipment. You don’t even need a garage!
Decide how you want to charge your vehicle at home.
Level 1 charging is through a 120-volt outlet, the standard household size. Most EVs come equipped with this capability, so you’re ready to go if you choose this option. Pro tip: try Level 1 charging for the first few weeks to see if it meets your needs before taking it to the next level.
Level 2 charging takes 240-volt service and is the most commonly used system at home. This option offers faster charging and some additional smart benefits. Similar to adding a dryer plug, a licensed electrician should add a dedicated 240-volt, 40-amp circuit.
Some older homes may need additional preparation to charge an EV at any level, so ask a certified electrician to assess your options. In select cases, KCP&L may need to upgrade your service drop. If your electrician identifies this as a need, contact our Customer Care Center at 816-471-5275.
If you’d decided to add Level 2 charging and determined your home can handle the additional voltage, the next step is to find the right Level 2 home charger for you. Chargers on the market today cover a wide range of services and price points, from $300 to $600.
Chargers on the lower end of the price spectrum simply charge your car when it’s plugged in. Other choices, including Charge Point’s Home Charger, offer smart Wi-Fi options like mobile app support, scheduled charging and integration with other smart home products, like the Amazon Echo.
Regardless of which option you choose, you’ll also need to consider if you want a charger that is permanently wired to your electric outlet or plugged into a wall socket. A plugged-in option is easier to take with you if you move.
Working with your electrician, determine where you want to install your home charger. Consider where your car charging port is located and select a location that allows for the shortest distance from the wall charger to your vehicle.
For more information on choosing the right home charging setup for you, check out this article on plugincars.com.
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