EV Charging Station Installation
Trout Electric has installed thousands of residential and commercial home charging stations in Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties for every make and model of electric vehicle. As one of the first companies in America to be certified to install home EV chargers, we helped pioneer the home charging station revolution.
We can install Level 1 and 2 EV chargers in your home, and commercial level 3 chargers where cities and municipalities permit, including charging ports compatible with Tesla, Audi, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan, Volkswagen, and more. Financing is available.
Most of our EV station job referrals come directly from dealerships that sell electric cars, because they know Trout can be trusted to perform the work promptly, correctly, and at a fair price.
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Types of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Level 1 Charging
Level 1 charging, or "overnight charging," connects to a normal 120 volt outlet. Level 1 charging stations are the least expensive and easiest to install, but some "electric cars" need up to 20 hours on a Level 1 charger to completely charge batteries. Overnight chargers are best for light vehicle use. If you commute a long distance to work in your electric car, or if you combine daytime commuting with evening errands or driving for pleasure, you may find a level 1 charger too slow for your schedule and activities.
Level 2 Charging
Level 2 chargers can charge your electric vehicle's battery in as little 3 hours (charging times vary according to the make of your EV). Some Southern California cities offer rebates for these fast charging stations, so while they're more expensive than level 1 chargers in the short run, in the long term, level 2 chargers are the best choice for most EV car owners, especially when they factor in rebates and the convenience of much faster charging times.
By law, level 2 chargers must be installed by an experienced, licensed electrician, because improper installation can result in a fire hazard or electric shock danger. In Southern California, no one has has more experience and a better track record of level 2 charger installation than Trout Electric.
Level 3 Charging
Level 3 chargers are the fastest chargers available, and can charge an electric car in 30 minutes to an hour. These charging stations are not intended for home use, and are only installed in commercial or industrial settings. You may find level 3 chargers in municipal parking lots, government facilities, or outside business parks.
Choosing the Right EV Charging Station
Miles You Drive Per Day
How many miles do you drive daily? Do you commute 10 miles each way to work or 40? And do you drive your car after work to soccer practice, to run errands, or to visit friends in the area? The distance you drive, the range of your car, and the estimated charging time of your EV should factor into your decision.
Electric Vehicle Mileage Range
How far can you drive on a single charge? Some cars may need to be charged nightly, while newer Tesla models may be able to operate up to a week without recharging.
Time It Takes to Charge
Charging times vary by make and model of EV; some cars may not charge completely overnight on a level 1 charger. Depending on the car you drive and the demands you place on it, a level 2 charger may be your only realistic option.
Other Charging Locations
If you have level 3 charging available at your place of work, and you don't drive much on weekends, a level 1 charger may be all you need at home. The time it takes to charge your car at home becomes less of an issue.
How You Use Your Vehicle
Is your EV strictly a commuter car, or do you plan to use it "whenever," just like a gas-powered car? The average Californian drives just under 40 miles per day. In ordinary circumstances, a level 1 charger would be adequate, but on those occasions where you plan to meet someone after work and do something special, you may not have time to plug your car into the grid and wait overnight.
Your Electrical Infrastructure
Safety is our primary concern! We test your home's load tolerance to determine the type of charger your electrical system can support. Every city requires a load calculation before a home charging station can be installed.
Our Service Standards & Guarantee
Trout hires only the best, most experienced, most qualified electricians in the industry. Many apply; comparatively few are hired. Not just anyone can be a Trout!
We screen applicants thoroughly and subject them to rigorous testing. Any Trout electrician must “apprentice” for at least a year on the job before he or she is allowed to work alone.
We take pride in the quality of our work and in the satisfaction of our customers. Hiring Trout to install your EV charging station means you're getting the best of the best.
Our rigorous standards and testing go well beyond those of most other electrical companies. We consistently receive 5 star reviews on the most popular review sites such as Yelp and Google. Don't take our word for it — go see what our satisfied customers are saying!
We back up every job we do with warranties and the guarantee that the price we quote to you will be the price that you pay. There are no unpleasant surprises when the bill comes due. When we install or repair your electric vehicle (EV) charger, rest assured that Trout Electric has done the job right.