Plugged or Hardwired?

When purchasing an EV charging station you may ask yourself, should I purchase a plugged unit or a hardwired unit? In short, there is no correct answer and your decision will ultimately come down to how you intend to use your charging station and how much power you want your charging station to produce when charging your EV.

For starters, if your goal is to own the most powerful station in order to gain as much mileage on your vehicle in the shortest amount of time, you will inevitably purchase a hardwired unit. A hardwired unit will need to be installed professionally by a qualified electrician directly into your electrical panel as models that are 48 amps and up do not support plugged options.

An important note to consider when buying a hardwired charging station is that you must have an electrical panel that will support the power demand of your charging station. As a general rule of thumb, your electrical panel will need to have at least 10 more amps available than the amperage of your charging station. For example, a 48 amp charging station will need to be installed onto a 60 amp electrical panel. Consult a qualified electrician before making a purchase in order to obtain a clearance that the station you mean to purchase can be installed into your electrical panel.

As higher amperage stations demand being hardwired for safety reasons, lower amperage stations also have the option to be hardwired although most come with the plugged option (NEMA 14-50). A NEMA 14-50 plug is a typical 220V stove outlet which many people may already have access to in their garage. The advantage of purchasing a plugged unit whilst having access to a NEMA 14-50 plug is that there is no need to hire an electrician for the installation as long as your electrical panel can support your charging station (keeping in mind that your electrical panel must have at least 10 more amperage available than the station).

The second advantage of having a plugged unit is the portability it offers. At any time, you can unplug your unit and take it with you on the go. This opens up possibilities of having a plug installed at a second home or cottage and taking your station with you. You could also bring your station with you if you are visiting family or friends as long as you have access to a plug at your destination.

When speaking about portability a common concern that is brought up about plugged stations is, if it is plugged outside what is stopping someone from taking the station? The answer to this concern is that all stations come with a locking mechanism, while outdoor plugs also have the capability of locking the plug in place.

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