Below are steps to prepare your home for your electric vehicle. Should you have questions about this process, please don't hesitate to contact us at ElectricVehicles@avistacorp.com
1. Choose your equipment
What vehicle meets my needs?
Emerging electric vehicles come in all shapes, styles and sizes. They each have their unique range and speed specifications. You’ll need to determine the distance you want to drive between battery charges as you consider the available electric care models.
You can learn more about electric vehicles at ev.com or at the US Department of Energy’s Site.
Do I need a charger?
Depending on the vehicle you choose, a charger may be provided or you may have to purchase one separately. You’ll need to think about how long you’ll park your vehicle and how far you’ll drive it in between charges. Your vehicle manufacturer may have specific recommendations. You can visit our Charging your Vehicle page for more information.
Where should I put the charger?
Where and in what direction do you park your car? Where is power available in your garage? Where will cords run? Your charging-station manufacturer or electrical contractor may be able to help you decide what will work best. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may need to consult with your property manager or condo association for more information.
2. Check your electric supply
You’ll want to work a qualified electrical contractor and Avista to make sure you have the right set up for your vehicle.
Do you have the wiring you need or do you need to add it?
It’s always a good idea to have a qualified electrical contractor inspect your home or business. Because you’ll be adding load to your system, you’ll want to take care to ensure your home is set up properly and you have the right kind of service. You can also check with the charging-station manufacturer or your vehicle dealer.
Do I have the right size electrical panel?
Your electrician will need to inspect your electrical panel to ensure that it is of adequate size to safely power a charging station without affecting your electrical system. This service may be provided by your charging-station provider or vehicle dealer.
We can make sure the wires and transformers serving your home are adequate. To start, contact us at ElectricVehicles@avistacorp.com or call 1-800-227-9187.
3. Installation and testing
Once you’ve got the right set up, work with your electrical contractor and/or installer to finalize your plans. You may need to get electrical permits, depending on where you live and what you’re installing. Your electrical contractor or installer should be able to give you more details.
Read the manual and get familiar with your charging station
Charging-station providers should provide training on how to use their equipment. Make sure you understand how to safely operate the charging station and that full electrical service has been restored to your home or business prior to the installer leaving.
Charging stations allow you to program different times to charge you vehicle. In order to minimize impacts to your everyday activities, we recommend that your program your charger to recharge overnight. We recommend you program your charger to recharge between 10pm and 7am.