Equipment & Installation
Ready, Set, Charge
You have options when it comes to charging equipment and installation, depending on your choice of electric car type and your driving habits. When you’re ready to buy, call us and we’ll help you get started in making your home your own personal fueling station.
Getting Equipped & Installed
Before you buy, call our SCE Home Fuel AdvisorsSM, who can help answer your charging questions. They can also provide you an EV Power PlanSM—a customized analysis of energy usage with estimated costs for EV charging. Regardless of what rate plan or charging level you choose, contact a qualified electrician or an Electrical Vehicle Supply Provider (EVSP) to inspect your home and perform any necessary upgrades to your electrical wiring. Your city or county may also require permits and inspections.
Charging: Levels & Times
There are 2 charging levels—or voltages—for charging electric cars. As you might expect, higher voltage levels charge batteries faster, but often require an additional investment in charging station equipment and electric wiring upgrades. Your choice will be dependent on your vehicle type and driving habits. Many customers today are finding Level I charging meets their needs.More Less
Level I (120 volts): 3 to 20 Hours Charge Time
A full charge at Level I can take as little as 3 hours—depending on your type of vehicle—using the familiar 3-prong, 120-volt outlets found in every home and business. It is recommended that charging at this level be on a dedicated 20-amp circuit. Typically there’s no need for equipment installation since the charging plug provided with your car will use a 120–volt outlet. Prior to charging your vehicle at home you’ll want to consult a qualified electrician to check that your existing wiring can safely support electric-car charging.
Level II (240 volts): 1 to 8 Hours Charge Time
Level II charging is faster and may take as little as 1 hour, again depending on your specific vehicle and state of charge. If you want your own Level II charging station at home, you’ll need a 240-volt line installed by a qualified electrician.
Renters & HOA Members
If you’re a renter or member of a homeowners association, you’ll need to discuss any decisions on installation or charging equipment with your property owner or manager. A SCE Home Fuel AdvisorSM can help answer your questions. Own or manage a property? Helpful information for landlords and property managers can also be found on our business customer page.
Charging Equipment Standards
If you’re thinking long term, you might be curious whether—like a cell phone charger—you’ll need to invest in a unique charging system for each electric car. Good news: most electric cars on the market now or due to launch over the next several years comply with a uniform “connector” standard established by The Society of Automotive Engineers for Level I and Level II charging, so your electric vehicle is likely compatible with any charging equipment.