Charger Installation Process

December 4, 2017-Signature Electric


Purchasing an electric vehicle for a single family home can be a fairly straightforward process. You buy a charger (often in conjunction with the vehicle purchase), arrange for installation with a licensed electrical contractor, plug in your vehicle, and pay for the electricity that you use.

A common caution relates to the electrical safety code and available power load in a home. It’s important to ensure you’re dealing with a licensed professional who can guide you through the process of an EV charger installation.

When moving through the charger installation process, below are some questions to consider:

  • Which charger is best suited to my needs?
  • Does my home have the proper foundation for an EV charger?
  • Where is the best spot for my charger?
  • How long does the charger installation process take?
  • What if I get a second EV in the future?
  • How do I track my energy usage?

The process

Below is an example of the process involved in installing an EV charger:

  • Free consultation to determine exactly what your needs are
  • Guide you through the selection process of wall connectors, chargers and receptacles
  • Help determining the correct setting or type of charger based on your service size and existing load
  • Provide you with a clear and concise quotation
  • Complete a clean install in a timely manner


Apartments and condos

A growing number of people are residing in apartments and condominiums, and while the fundamentals are similar to EV charging in houses, some additional planning is required for charging systems in a multi-residential setting.

Some questions to consider:

  • Who will supply and own the charger?
  • Where will the charger(s) be located?
  • Who will pay for the charger’s connection to the building’s electrical system?
  • Who will pay for the electricity consumed to charge the vehicle and how will it be metered?
  • Who will collect payment for the electricity consumed for charging these vehicles?
  • How will buildings accommodate the necessary wiring for subsequent chargers?

The Process

When the management is developing a charging station plan for their building, they might want to consider starting with a control panel that can accommodate 10-12 EVs. With internet-connected cloud-based metering systems, the load on the panel can be monitored and can share the load. This improves efficiency, ensuring each car gets a proper overnight charge.

Below is an example of the process involved in installing an EV charger in a condominium:

  • Free consultation to determine exactly what your needs are
  • Meet with you or the property manager and answer any questions to help smooth the way towards a successful install
  • Visit your building, meet with the appropriate parties and provide a solution that meets both yours and the building’s needs
  • Provide you with a detailed quotation that you can share with your team and, if necessary, the board of directors
  • Work with your property manager to complete the installation in a timely manner

Speak to One of Our EV Specialists!

Visit Signature Electric for more information about the charger installation process for your home, condo or business. We Are EV Specialists!

All electrical work in the province of Ontario must be performed by a licensed electrical contractor. The work is to be inspected by the Electrical Safety authority (ESA). Certain electrical contractors are recognized for their quality installations by the ESA and are part of the Authorized Contractor program (ACP).