How much will it cost to install an EV charger at home?

So you’ve decided to purchase an electric vehicle and are now considering how you’ll charge it. Many EV owners will be unable to charge at home and will be forced to rely on public chargers and possibly workplace charging. But the majority of owners will use some form of home charging. This could be from a dedicated electric car home charger installation, or you could end up charging your EV using a dryer outlet.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are an excellent way to save money while also reducing pollution. An EV is powered by a battery that can be charged at home or at a commercial charging station. Most EVs come with a Level 1 charger that can be plugged into any standard 120-volt outlet, but many people prefer to charge their vehicles at home using a faster, dedicated charging station. Because a Level 1 charger can take hours to charge your car, upgrading to a Level 2 charger can ensure you’re always ready to go, even if you only stop at home for a few minutes before heading out.

The cost varies depending on where you live, which charger you buy, and whether it is hardwired or portable. The national average price range is $1,000 to $2,500, with most people spending around $1,200 for a 240-volt outlet, charger, and wall-mounted system. This project has a low cost of $300 for a replacement Level 1 charger for use with an existing 120-volt outlet. The project’s high cost is $4,500 for a Level 2 charger with a 240-volt outlet, pedestal mount, and circuit panel upgrade for two cars.

Cost to Install Home EV Charging Station

Level 1 Charging Station Cost

Level 1 chargers come free with your car purchase, or you can purchase a replacement for $300. They are not installed but plug directly into any 120-volt outlet, making them portable. They may take up to 24 hours to fully charge a battery, so they are generally only good for people who drive short distances or less frequently. Essentially, a Level 1 charger adds roughly 2 to 5 miles of driving range to your car for every hour you charge. Many people keep a Level 1 charger on hand for when they are away from home. But if you do a fair amount of daily driving, you may find that this charger will not meet all your needs, unless you can plug it in everywhere you go when the car is not in use.

Level 2 Charging Station Cost

Level 2 charging stations cost $300 to $1,200 on average. Most EV owners invest in Level 2 stations. They charge batteries much quicker, with most reaching a full charge in just a few hours. Even basic models completely charge a battery 4 to 6 times faster than a Level 1 charger, with 10 to 40 miles being added per hour. Level 2 stations require a 240-volt outlet, and they can be portable or mounted and hardwired to your home. Some are specific to the car type, while others charge any car with an adapter. They come with features like Wi-Fi and other add-ons, allowing you to customize your experience.

Level 3 Charging Station Cost

Level 3 charging stations range from $12,000 to $35,000 for the charger and hardware. These are designed and sold for commercial use, not residential charging. They charge batteries incredibly quickly, fully charging a battery in under an hour, with a minimum charge of 100 to 400 miles during that time. These stations can charge many vehicles at the same time.While it can be attractive to consider charging your car this quickly, most homes do not have the space or panel to accommodate them, as they require 480 volts. A second panel would likely need to be installed just for the station, and for most people’s needs, a Level 2 charger gives a full charge in enough time for even a busy family to get where they need to go.

EV Charging Station Cost by Brand

There are several brands of charging stations to choose from. Each has its own characteristics and pros and cons to consider. Most have several options, including features like Wi-Fi and different installation styles. In some cases, you may find that the charging station you choose will be at least partially dictated by the car type. In other situations, you have plenty of flexibility. Below are some of the popular charging station brands and installed costs:

Charging Station Brand    Average Cost (Installed)

Webasto – $1,000 – $1,300

ClipperCreek –$1,000 – $1,500

Bosch–$1,100 – $1,600

Tesla    – $1,100 – $1,600

Siemens–$1,200 – $1,400

JuiceBox–$1,200 – $1,400

ChargePoint–$1,300 – $1,500

Cost to Install a Tesla Charger at Home

The cost of a Tesla charger is between $1,100 and $1,600, fully installed. Teslas require special chargers or an adapter to charge their vehicles with another charging station. They come equipped with a Level 1 adapter that you can use in your standard 110-volt outlet. However, if you want to use a Level 2 charger, they recommend purchasing one of their specific charging stations, starting at around $500. Tesla chargers are designed to charge their vehicles faster than other models. This ensures your car is ready fast, whereas with another charger and adaptor, it may take longer before your battery is fully ready.

ChargePoint EV Charger Cost

ChargePoint electric vehicle chargers cost between $1,300 and $1,500 fully installed. ChargePoint chargers are smart and work with your home hub or smart speaker. They can be controlled via an app, which allows you to check your car’s energy levels in numerous ways. These chargers are Energy Star certified, but they are very large and take up a lot of room. They are also a little louder than some other brands, so if you are charging near a bedroom, keep that in mind.

Of the two, Tesla’s charger is less expensive. However, it also comes with a shorter cable, which can limit where you park your car. The ChargePoint costs more, and may require an adapter as well, which can cost extra depending on the retailer. Below are the average costs for each of the two chargers.

After you install a home charger, what if you need to charge and you’re not at home? Look to the Bluedot app, of course. You can find the closest public charging station, plus nearby stores and cafes where you can get things done while you charge … and get reward points for all of it!

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