You want to upgrade to an electric vehicle, but you hesitate because you worry about effectively charging that little green auto. While you’ll often hear that it is just a matter of plugging it in each night, you may want to have something more efficient, aesthetically appealing, and reliable than your trusty old extension cord.
That set of goals is precisely why so many modern homeowners are opting for home electric vehicle charging station installations. Electric vehicles come with what is known as Level 1 charging stations, but it is a Level 2 charging station that most owners covet. And it is because it is a far more powerful way to charge.
As an example, Level 1 chargers might require a vehicle to charge for more than a dozen hours to recover its full range. With a Level 2 installation, recovering roughly 30MPH takes only an hour, ensuring a full charge in as little as four hours.
Home electric vehicle charging station: Level 2 charging station.
|Labor||$65-$85 per hour|
Pedestal Kits (Highly Recommended to Make the Use of the Charger Easier)
$6-$8 per linear foot
(if there is no electrical service where you wish to place the charger)
Other considerations and costs
- It may be a good idea to consider a utility upgrade if your home cannot already support a 100 amp wall connector. Though most modern homes have 200 amp service, it will serve the charger best if that consistent service is available.
- It is essential to be sure that your area allows for the installation of a home electric vehicle charging station and to pay any fees for applications, permits, and so on (your electrician should be aware of this and itemize it in the bid).
- Also, be aware that some states require plans (with drawings) identifying where the charging station will be located in the garage or property.
- Be sure to work with a licensed professional, and get bids before you begin working with any contractor. They should obtain the necessary permits and incorporate those fees into the total cost. They will know if any drawings or other items must be submitted before getting to work.
There are always options for “plugin” charging stations, but experts recommend the hardwired method. Though it makes it impossible to move, it is less expensive over the long term and may even work with an existing dryer outlet!
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.