Install a Level 2 charging station for your electric vehicle
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enroll in an EV rate plan
Apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate
As an EV owner and PG&E customer, you may be eligible to receive the Clean Fuel Rebate for your use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel. Apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate today.