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Electric Vehicles (EVs) have two types of residential chargers: Level 1 and Level 2. For faster charging at home, install a Level 2 charging station. Follow this installation checklist:


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Consult an electrician to assess whether your electrical panel has capacity for a Level 2 charger. Upgrades and permits at your expense may be necessary. The EV manufacturer may also offer a home assessment as part of your purchase. The electrician can also install a dedicated 240v circuit to serve the Level 2 charger if your panel does not have the necessary capacity.

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Select the electric rate that is best for your desired meter setup. You can enroll in any residential rate with your existing meter. The EV2-A rate is often best for EV owners because electricity costs less when you charge at certain times of day or overnight. The EV-B rate may be useful for people who want to have one electric rate for their whole house and a separate EV rate for their electric car charging.

  • Single existing meter: You can enroll in EV2-A, E-1 or E-TOUA or E-TOUB rates.
  • Dual meter: If you want to install a second meter and electric panel for EV charging, you’ll enroll in the EV-B rate.

PLEASE NOTE: A PG&E representative may schedule a visit to determine whether your current electric service can support an EV. You may have to upgrade your service or your panel, or add a second electric panel. Service upgrades are necessary when the service wire to your home doesn’t meet your capacity needs. PG&E charges a $100 service fee for a second meter. You’re responsible for the installation costs to support an additional meter. The costs are generally around $2,000 and may be up to around $8,000.

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After you determine which EV charging system is right for you, contact PG&E. You must complete an application to notify us of the change of service.

Include the following information in your application:

  • Rate option. Choose EV2-A or another residential rate to charge your EV.
  • Charging level. Tell PG&E whether you want to use a Level 1 or Level 2 charging station.
  • Charging load. Let PG&E know the load of your EV supply equipment. The load is based on the charging system’s voltage and amperage. An electrician can help you determine this information.
  • Panel upgrade. Let PG&E know if the dedicated circuit requires a panel upgrade.

Apply online now. Visit Customer Connections Online.

You can also call us at 1-877-743-7782. We’re available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

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Contact a licensed electrician. This professional can add a new panel, make any necessary service upgrades and install your new charging station.