Prepare for Your EV Charger Installation in 5 Minutes or Less

3D car designReady to purr out onto the freeway in your brand new electric car? Yes, it WILL be fun to laugh at the people standing at the grimy gas station in their suits and high heels as you speed by.

Installation of your EV charger requires far less than most people imagine, especially here in San Diego. Just read these tips below to start powering your car at home.

Step 1: Walk into Your Garage, Hand to Chin

Hmmm . . . just where will the car be parked? The charging station should be no farther than 12 to 15 feet away from your electric car’s connection port. Is the port on the right or the left side of the car?  Will you be parking on the right or left side of the garage? That’s all you need to know before you call Dan at Mathewson Electric to get a site assessment. We’ll do the thinking from here.

Step 2: Call for Your Simple EV Charger Installation Site Assessment

Let us get a gander at your garage and your electrical panel. You’ll need 240V power near the charging station and a 40 AMP dedicated circuit breaker on your electrical panel. We’ll take a look to see whether your current set-up is adequate or if you need some upgrades Together, we’ll determine the best spot for the EV charging station.

While these steps may feel like a hassle, keep in mind that the electric car powering costs and effort are mostly upfront. Once this part is complete, you cross the 52 times per year you go to the gas station off your errand list. Nice! After your EV charger installation, plugging the electric car in at night becomes as second nature as plugging in the cell phone—mindless.

Step 3: Hand Us Paperwork So We Can Deal with Any Permitting

Fully licensed electricians with 30 years experience in both commercial and residential projects, we know how to wrangle with “county.” We’ll get your paperwork completed correctly so it goes through fast. Depending on the neighborhood, your permits can clear as quickly as a day or a few days. The process can take up to a month in some  areas because of zoning and other issues. Either way, we’ll do the thinking, the calling and the negotiating for you.  In the meantime, we can make any upgrades to your electrical panel necessary to install the electrical charging station safely.

Step 4: Schedule your EV Charger Installation

With permitting and any upgrades completed, we’re ready to unwrap that brand new EV charger and install it.

Step 5: Before We Arrive . . .

  • Clear a path in front of your electrical panels and the spot we picked for the charger. Move cars from the garage and carport if need be. Give us 5 feet of room in all areas where we need to work.
  • Make sure pets and children will not be in work areas. Prepare family for our visit. An adult must be present during the EV charger installation.

EV Charger Installation Made Easy in San Diego

That’s it! When it comes to cost savings and personal attention, Mathewson Electric beats the dealers every time. We have the permitting, installation and charging process down to a science for ALL brands: Aeroinvironment, Clipper Creek, Leviton, Blinq and more. We’ve had the privilege of helping new owners of the Nissan Leaf, Fisker Karma, Chevy Volt, Ford Max and Escort,Toyota Prius and even the Tesla S, get out on the road fast. Still contemplating the electric car decision? Feel free to follow our blog,  Facebook and Google+ pages for updates. We review electric cars from time to time and keep owners up on the latest car charging stations to be added in San Diego as well as nationwide legislation pertaining to electric vehicles. We help you get all the benefits from your electric vehicle. Feel free to leave comments on all of those channels. We love talking EVs!





Dan Mathewson is in charge of the electric vehicle services of this website and company services here in San Diego. Call us today at 619-246-6159!

One thought on “Prepare for Your EV Charger Installation in 5 Minutes or Less

  1. Would love to see you review the charging stations from an electrician’s point of view…which ones are easiest, which ones are harder, which ones cost more because more time, etc.

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