There is no denying that electric vehicles are here to stay!

With states taking steps to eliminate the sale of gas vehicles, accommodating to your EV is easier than ever and is becoming a popular feature in garages.

This forward thinking is encouraged during the design process as you create your custom structure with your builder.

Preparing your garage for an electrical vehicle during the initial process is much more convenient than after it has been completed. Having clear and open walls to work with, permits already secured, trench dug and exposed with a professional electrician already hired for the install of the standard HGB electrical work, why not consider this upgrade to an EV port?

While public charging stations are becoming more readily available, the convenience of a personal outlet has its benefits. Taking upwards of 10 to 12 hours to fully charge, this option is idea for anyone considering the purchase of an electric vehicle.

What Will The Structure Require?

Those considering a charging station will be encouraged to dedicate a 240-volt, or Level 2, circuit to their structure in order to efficiently charge the car.

In the event that your current home electrical supply cannot support the increased voltage safely, the EVSE, or electrical vehicle service equipment, may require an additional line to be added. This decision may also be determined by the municipality’s code guidelines, as permits are often required for these additions.

These Level 2 voltages charging overnight at a rate of 10 to 20 miles per hour, allow most homeowners enough charge in their vehicles for the next day.  The builder will need to take into consideration where the car will be parked within the structure when determining where the charging station will be located.

At HGB, we work closely with our electrician to ensure the correct voltage is being added, as well the installation of the necessary materials, always complying with the municipality codes.

Benefits Of A Home EV Charging Station

Convenience – There is a convenience to not having to rely on public charging stations, as well as the peace of mind in knowing your vehicle is fully charged to meet your needs.

Financial Savings – Charging your vehicle at home allows for a consistent financial expense, one you can predict month to month on your electric bill. Purchasing that electricity elsewhere can be an unpredictable expense that can add up rather quickly.

Home Value – With electric vehicles being the cars of the future, it does not hurt to be ahead of the game! The addition of an EV charging station can increase the value of your home as more consumers make the switch from gas vehicles to electric.

If you are considering adding or replacing a detached garage to your property, and accommodating it to your electric vehicle, contact Heartland Garage Builders at or 224-326-2698 for more information!