Electric Vehicle Readiness Guide

Before Purchasing an Electric Vehicle (EV)
If you are thinking about purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle, it is important to know that there are a number of decisions you need to make and actions you may need to take before you drive one home, such as: As you’re considering your purchase or lease, please contact Anaheim Public Utilities. Contacting us early in the process will help determine how to better serve your new electrical needs, and it will allow us to keep you informed of important electric vehicle information, charging options, and getting your home plug-in ready.

For additional information, visit the virtual showroom at GoElectricDrive.com to select a make and model and to explore available options.

Before Bringing the EV Home
Once you decide on a make and model, you’ll need to consider how you plan to charge the vehicle. Most homeowners will simply plug in their electric vehicles at home. Depending on the EV you choose, you may be able to plug into a standard grounded, 3-prong 120-volt household outlet. Or, to charge your EV in half the time it takes to charge with a 120V, you might consider installing a 240-volt circuit, similar to what an electric stove or central air conditioning system use. The 240V requires that you purchase the Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) recommended for the vehicle.
Installing a Level II Home Charging Station
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Consult a Licensed Electrician
Determine where to place the charging station and plan the electrical work. Older homes may not have sufficient electrical capacity for the charging station, so an electrical panel upgrade may be necessary. If the electrician’s load calculation findings call for the upgrade, a meter spot report is required.
While these steps apply to the majority of residential customers, there may be additional steps involved, such as when your panel is over 200 amps or when city-owned facilities require relocation or undergrounding. If you or your electrician believe any of these situations apply to you, please call Electrical Engineering at 714-765-5156 for additional information on how to proceed with your service request.