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01 Oct, 2022
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Impact of Smart Car on Home Electrical

Technological breakthroughs in energy storage will make renewable power cheap enough to use in more places and accelerate the move to electric cars and other electric transportation systems. 

– Brian Deese

The growth in electric vehicles in Denver has increased to over 49,000 EVs on Colorado roads, and with a goal of 940,000 by 2030, there’s no letting off the accelerator. For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint in 2022 and beyond, you may be wondering if your home will require an electrical upgrade to power energy-efficient cars, or if your existing infrastructure can meet the extra demand. 

At Vittetoe Electric, we keep a well-trained eye on the current trends in all things electric, and here we discuss the benefits of investing in an electric vehicle and why and how your home may require an upgrade.

Electric vehicle benefits

With an increase of government encouragement to adopt electric vehicles, you may be wondering, what’s in it for me? Before we dive into charging an EV, let’s look at why a typical Denver family may choose to purchase an electric car for their household:

  • Tax advantages. You’ll enjoy $2,500 in state tax credits and up to $7,500 in federal tax credits. That’s a lot of savings!
  • Map your route and drive anywhere. With the increase of EV adoption, charging stations are being rapidly installed throughout Colorado.
  • It’s cheaper. The U.S Department of Energy estimates that it costs approximately half as much to drive an electric vehicle as a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline.
  • Less ongoing maintenance. Without the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine, EVs are less costly and easier to maintain.
  • Environmentally friendly. All-electric vehicles produce zero direct emissions and are cleaner over the lifecycle of the vehicle.

Will your house require an electrical upgrade to power your EV?

An electric car can be charged at any house 110-volt outlet, however, plugging your brand-new electric vehicle into a traditional household outlet is not the fastest way to charge an EV. It’s also not the best long-term solution if you plan to drive your EV every day of the week, and with the typical American driver travelling about 35 miles per day, it’s best to plan ahead.

If your home doesn’t currently have capacity to hand an EV charger, then we’d recommend an upgrade to your home’s main electricity panels. Not sure if your electrical system can handle the additional load? Our professional and dedicated electricians can quickly assess your home’s functionality and make any necessary upgrades.

An electric vehicle doesn’t actually require as much power to charge completely as you may believe. However, it’s important to understand that the speed of which your EV charges is largely dependent on the type of charger and voltage used in the charging process itself.

So, whether you need special wires to the main panel to effectively charge your EV will depend on what existing electrical wiring is already present.


Vittetoe Electric’s recommendation

Now you understand that you don’t necessarily have to rewire your entire house when buying an electric car. However, if you’ll be using your vehicle daily and relying on it at a moment’s notice, then

you’ll want to ensure your car can be charged quickly and thus you may consider rewiring and electrical upgrades to facilitate this.

Working with Vittetoe Electric will allow homeowners preserve the energy in your home by not risking overloading any vital appliances whilst also ensuring that your electric car is ready to drive when you are.
If you have any questions, consult with our professional electricians at Vittetoe Electrics today.

Always Hire Professionals

No matter urgent any electrical repairs seem, it’s never okay to attempt to handle them on your own. Trying to take care of electrical problems without professional training is extremely dangerous. If you or someone else aren’t hurt during your attempt, there’s still a chance that you’ve left something undone that poses a huge risk to you, your home, or your family. In fact, faulty electrical wiring is the number one cause of house fires in the United States, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. So in order to make sure that your home is safe, rely on a professional for any electrical services.

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