Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installation & Repair
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 electric vehicle (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 permit, including charging ports compatible with Tesla, Audi, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes, Nissan, Volkswagen, and more.
- We also sell EV chargers for every electric vehicle type and brand.
- We repair malfunctioning EV chargers, including commercial level 3 chargers, which need regular maintenance.
- Many of our EV charging station job referrals come directly from electric vehicle dealerships. They know Trout can be trusted to perform the work promptly, correctly, and at a fair price.
- All estimates are FREE, whether or not you hire us to do the work.
- We accept all major credit cards. Financing is available to qualified customers.
- Ask about our senior and military discounts.
Types of EV Charging Stations We Install & Maintain
Level 1 EV Charging Stations
Level 1 charging, or "overnight charging," connects to a normal 120 volt outlet. Level 1 charging stations are the most affordable and easiest to install, but some electric cars need up to 20 hours on a Level 1 charger for a complete battery recharge. 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 EV Charging Stations
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 more experience and a better track record of level 2 charger installation than Trout Electric.
Level 3 EV Charging Stations
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 installed only in commercial or industrial settings. You can find level 3 chargers in municipal parking lots, government facilities, or outside business parks.
Other Electric Vehicle Charging Services We Offer
EV Charging Station Maintenance & Repair
Commercial Level 3 EV charging stations need regular maintenance and calibration. Trout performs this service for cities and businesses; in addition, we can repair, replace, or upgrade any charging station that's defective or out of date.
While it's less common for home EV charging stations to develop problems, we can repair or replace any Level 2 charging unit that's malfunctioning or simply too old to give you the fastest, most reliable charging.
Tesla Charging Stations
Trout can install any EV charging station, commercial or residential, regardless of electric vehicle make and model. But the bulk of our work by far comes from Tesla, which often refers its customers to Trout directly and has worked with Trout for many years. Trout Electric is on a short list of preferred Tesla EV charging station installers.
Trout Electric Is a Qmerit-Certified EV Charging Station Installer
Qmerit-certified installers are:
- Properly licensed, fully insured, and thoroughly background-checked.
- Compliant with all applicable worker’s compensation guidelines.
- Required to secure permits to verify that installations meet local building codes.
- Teamed with industry experts for training on the latest technologies.
Choosing the Right EV Charging Station for You
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. But if you're a frequent driver, Level 2 may be for you.
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 first and foremost! 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.
Which Electric Vehicles Does Trout Support?
- Tesla — Trout is a preferred charging station vendor and installer for Tesla Corporation.
- And any other electric vehicle that needs charging! We sell, install, service, and repair chargers for all electric vehicle makes and models.
Why Trout Electric?
- We guarantee your satisfaction.
- We guarantee all work, parts and labor.
- We guarantee our pricing — the price we quote will be the price on your bill, and not a penny more.
- We've been in business since 1999.
- We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.
- We've installed thousands of EV charging stations in Southern California.
- We're local to Southern California, and stock parts locally in our warehouse.
- We're qualified to perform any electrical job, home or commercial.
- All Trout electricians are trained to the highest standards, and must "apprentice" for a year before being sent out on their own.
- We offer 24/7 emergency services for those times the job can't wait.
- All estimates are free, whether or not we perform the job for you.
- We offer financing to qualified customers who request it.