View the charging station installation steps for your Level 2 electric vehicle

Electric Vehicles (EVs) have two types of residential chargers: Level 1 and Level 2.

Install a Level 2 charging station by following these steps:

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Get an electrical assessment on your home.

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.

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Determine which rate and meter system works for you.

Your choice on EV rates affects which meter you can use. View the differences in the types of meters:

  • Single meter: On EV-A, E-1 or E-TOUA or E-TOUB rates, there is a single meter and electrical panel for your home energy use and EV charging.
  • Dual meter: On EV-B rates, a second meter and electric panel are installed for EV charging. You can replace your existing system with a dual meter panel, but this installation is generally more expensive than installing a second meter and panel.

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 generally range from $2,000 to $8,000.

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Contact PG&E to start your application.

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 EV-A, EV-B or your existing 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. Inform PG&E whether 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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Arrange for the electrical work.

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