How to Prepare Your Home for an Electric Vehicle

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Pulling into Driveway


One of the most underrated aspects of purchasing a new vehicle is figuring out how to store it on your property. Many traditional Buick, Chevrolet, GMC models simply need to be parked on the street, driveway, or garage, and that’s the extent of your home preparation. Preparing your home for an electric vehicle purchase, however, is a much different story. 



EVs undoubtedly come with a variety of benefits, like having lower maintenance costs than gasoline-powered cars and being more environmentally friendly. EVs also undoubtedly require some preparation before bringing them back to your Brookings-area home. This prep work can require locating nearby electric vehicle charging stations and acquiring an electric vehicle home charger, and more. Continue reading to find out how to prepare your home for a new Chevy Bolt EV or EUV with the experts at Brookings Auto Mall!

Preparing Your Home for an EV: 5 Simple Steps

Although the process of getting your Sioux Falls household ready for a new EV purchase may seem daunting, the steps are relatively simple. Just follow the instructions outlined below: 

Decide On a Charging Level

Not familiar with the different types of electric vehicle home chargers? Most charging systems are categorized as either Level 1 or 2: 

  • Level 1 EV charging often takes days to fully charge an electric car. 
  • Level 2 EV charging often takes several hours to fully charge an electric car. You can typically get between 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 minutes with Level 2 DC charging. For this reason, most people intermix daytime “top-off” charging with overnight charging.

Prepare Your Garage

Organize any valuables in your garage and throw away unnecessary items. You’ll want to make sure there’s ample space for your new EV model. 

Locate Your Power Panel & Assess Consumption

Every house comes with a power panel that’s responsible for distributing electricity throughout the building. Although many modern Watertown homes come with a 100 amp power panel, there should be an amperage rating printed on your primary circuit breaker for your convenience. Before you install your electric vehicle home charger, you’ll want to calculate how much electricity you use on a daily basis. Going over your maximum amount of current flow can result in a system overload. 

Employ an Electrician

Once you’ve found your power panel and assessed your daily consumption, you’ll want to find an electrician. A qualified electrician can answer any questions about power consumption, EV charging, or installing a 240-volt plug to your power panel. Just be sure to budget appropriately for these services, as the prices can range anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000. 

Purchase & Install Your EV Charger

Once you have found the electric vehicle home charger that best fits your needs, you simply have to bring it back to your Madison home for your hired electrician to install. 

Contact Us at Brookings Auto Mall for More Information!

If you have any further questions about preparing your home for an electric vehicle or electric vehicle charging batteries, you can feel free to reach out to us for more information. We look forward to giving you the most up-to-date details on our electric vehicles!

More from Brookings Auto Mall

  • 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 Towing Capacity

      A new GMC Sierra HD pickup truck can handle any Brookings job site task you can throw at it. With its impressive engine power and durability, the GMC Sierra 2500 towing capacity will help you get the job done right. But all that towing and hauling prowess doesn’t require you to give up the…

  • Chevy Tahoe Interior

      The Chevy Tahoe is a spacious SUV popular among drivers throughout Brookings and the surrounding areas. In addition to its generous dimensions, the Tahoe interior is equipped with modern features that contribute to comfortable and safe driving adventures. Learn about what the 2023 Chevy Tahoe interior offers to help determine if it’s the ideal…

  • 2024 Buick Encore GX Interior

      The 2024 Buick Encore GX exudes sophistication and style, and true to the Buick brand, its interior is just as refined as its exterior. It comes fully equipped with an impressive array of cutting-edge technology to keep you safe and connected on your travels around Brookings. With plenty of room for your passengers, the…


Get Directions

2323 E 6th Street, Brookings, SD, 57006
Brookings Auto Mall , .