If you are thinking of renewing your car with almost certain security, make sure that the electric car is among your options. In addition to the obvious environmental component of driving a car with zero emissions, the purchase of an electric car is encouraged by direct aids and with freedom of movement and parking in cities. The supply is increasing, electricity is cheaper than gasoline and the maintenance costs of these vehicles are also lower.
Now, no one can miss that, like a traditional car refueling at a gas station, an electric car must have the right infrastructure to be recharged, ideally, during the night, taking advantage of the valley rates. For this, it is necessary to have a charging point in the garage and some doubts may arise at this point. How to install it? Can I do it if my garage is community? In this post, we cleared them.
Some basic notions
First, it must be borne in mind that not all vehicles have the same charging system or the same connector nor accept the same power ranges. In fact, the models are counted by tens. Regarding the type of load, due to the power used and the time invested, there is talk of fast, semi-fast charging (public points are designed for these two types) or slow loading. The latter is what would be done while the car sleeps in the garage at night: 8 hours should be enough to charge a full battery of any model.
A charging point in a private garage
Although an electric car can be recharged in a normal plug using an adapter, this option is not the most recommended. In fact, it should only be used in specific cases since the load power in this case will be lower than recommended (and, therefore, a full load will also require more time).
It is advisable, in this case, to install a compatible charging station for the vehicle in question which, to comply with the regulations, must be installed in an exclusive electrical circuit.
What if my garage is communal?
If the garage is communal and the same installation must be carried out, doubts may arise as to whether the board of owners must approve it before proceeding. Well, the answer is that currently and thanks to a reform of the Horizontal Property Law to promote the purchase of electric cars, the community should only be informed, so it would be worth sending a letter to the president of the community or the farm manager.
The current regulations also require that the new garages have a pre-installation, which will facilitate the execution of the installation of the charging point. The vast majority, however, do not have this pre-installation, so the greater or lesser difficulty in executing the installation of a charging point in a community garage will depend largely on the pre-existing electrical installation. Regarding the electric bill, obviously, it will be the one that uses the charging point who is responsible for the cost of the energy consumed, for which there are different methods, such as installing a meter or deriving the individual installation to the garage. Opting for one or the other alternative will depend on the specific case.
What if I don’t have a garage?
If you are thinking of purchasing an electric car, but you do not have a garage, you should make sure you have a charging station at your fingertips. Although there are more and more recharging points, both in public and street garages (even many companies are installing them in the parking lots of their employees), depending on the area in which you live, finding one of them can be a challenge.
If you still want to buy an electric car, some recommendations: make sure that the purchased vehicle supports fast charging and is compatible with the charging points available, control the electrical infrastructure in the places where you are going to travel or travel (there are very useful mobile applications in this regard) and being very organized is mandatory. Of course, it is expected that the situation will improve and that the charging points will proliferate in the coming years, among other things because the law requires their presence in public parking lots.