EV Charging Stations
The average cost for installing a standard 240V electric vehicle charging station ranges between $409 and $939, while the median cost is $671 for a single one.
Electric cars are becoming cheaper and simpler to develop, which means they are easier for everyday consumers to purchase. Instead of gas, they require electricity and time to charge. This can be a pitfall for those on tight schedules because they may be trapped at the stations for long periods of time. Because these vehicles don’t rely on traditional fuels, public charging areas aren’t widely available. Responsible owners should consider contacting a professional to install a personal station at home for quick and easy access.
On This Page
- Charger Prices
- Installation Costs
- Cost Factors
- Types of Stations – Level 1, 2, & 3
- Charging a Tesla
- What to Consider before installing
a. Juicebox Pro 40
b. AeroVironment TurboCord
b. Garage Remodeling
c. Additional Features
a. PG&E Rebates
Personal devices are beneficial for owners but can be difficult to install without a trained professional. Many garages are not equipped with the necessary power capacity, meaning the entire structure might need to be rewired. Garages in older or smaller houses might also need to be partially remodeled to create the necessary space. Thankfully, the perks of installing your own station can easily outweigh the costs, as homeowners become capable of using it whenever they like without traveling to, and paying at, public spaces.
Electric Car Charging Station Costs
There are numerous types of home stations available on the market. Each one for personal use typically ranges between 110 and 240 volts, and these items require an Electrician to install. Many of the products can be installed in garages or even outdoors, and some come with additional features like Wi-Fi connectivity or connections to systems like Amazon Echo. Some of the most popular models for sale include the Juicebox Pro 40, the AeroVironment TurboCord, and the ClipperCreek.
The Juicebox Pro 40 - $500 - $800
The Juicebox Pro 40 costs between $500-$800 for the standard equipment. This product was designed for quick use and operates as a 40 amp, 10kw EV charging station. People who use this home device need to install a 14-50R outlet, although it can also be purchased with adaptors that work in regular outlets. Individuals interested in this product need to contact our professionals to ensure their electrical systems can handle the required amperage. The Juicebox Pro 40 works with most standard electric cars, excluding Tesla models.
The ChargePoint Home Charger - $700
ChargePoint Home chargers come from a company that has set the standard in the EV Charging industry. With more chargers online than any other provider, their products have been tested and perfected over many years in the industrial and residential markets
Manage Charging from Anywhere
Set reminders, schedule charging, track energy use and connect to your smart home using the ChargePoint app. Get current updates on the status of your EV and manage home charging with your voice using Amazon Alexa.
Track all Your Charging In One Place
See how much you’re charging and saving all in one account.
Set It and Forget It
Schedule your charging and get friendly reminders if you forget to plug in.
Wired Into the Future is a ChargePoint certified Installer so you can be rest assured the installation will be done correctly.
ClipperCreek - $500 - $600
The ClipperCreek is a level 2 item which requires a 240v connection. The product can be installed inside or outdoors and requires 32 amps of power to be used effectively, meaning an owner should contact an electrician to determine the capacity of their home. The ClipperCreek follows rigorous safety standards and can be used for most electric car makes and models. It can be purchased for $500-$600.
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Cost to Install at Home
EV charging stations costs vary based on labor, wiring, and additional features requested by the homeowner. The breakdown can be done primarily based on the price of labor and cost for hardware involved, while keeping a few add-ons in mind.
|Additional Cost Factors For Installing an EV Station at Home|
|Labor Charges for Electricians||$65 - $85/ hr.|
|Wi-Fi||$100 - $400|
|Cost to install wiring||$6 - $12/ linear ft.|
|100-Amp Wall Connection||$150 - $450|
Factors Affecting Costs
Many people want to know exactly how much a vehicle charging station will cost, but the final project budget will depend on many factors.
One item that can significantly impact the price is the need for permits. Business owners will need permits to make notable changes to an existing business, and some homeowners may need paperwork for the electrical work needed. The fees for the proper paperwork varies by local jurisdiction, but averages between $100-$300. Below is a breakdown of the most common prices for each section of the request.
- Application: $40-$60
- Electrical Permit: $80-$200
- Additional Handling Charges: $20-$40
An often-ignored aspect when calculating the costs of installing a station at home is the facilities available in the garage. In case you don’t have a garage, a separate building structure would have to be built to house your electric car charging point. You could either choose to remodel (a garage remodel at about $10,000) or build a new one. A new garage costs most homeowners over $25,000.
The breaker box used by the system can also increase or lower the total price. Most of these systems require a 240-volt circuit, and if the home needs a new breaker capable of transporting this level of energy, the price will rise. The wires that run from the breaker box to the system can also raise the price, especially if the system needs new or longer wires.
Most people will also need to look at the type of system they use and the additional features included in the product. A Wi-Fi-enabled system will usually cost more than another without Wi-Fi. Some systems use a single cord that users can plug into any outlet and then into their vehicles, but others are more complicated and require a breaker box and a permanent electric connection.
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Types of Charging Stations
According to the hierarchy, a Level 1 charging station is nothing complex. It just refers to plugging your electric car into a normal outlet. Usually, your car manufacturer makes available a Level 1 cable when you buy the car, which can be directly plugged in to a standard wall plug point. A Level 1 device doesn’t cost much but it takes considerably longer to charge compared to other equipment.
|Level 1 Charger|
|Station||$300 - $600|
|Parts & Labor||$1,000 - $1,700|
|Charging Time||8-12 hrs, depending on car battery|
Level 2 charging points are mainstream and more widespread in use. They are versatile in that they allow you to power your electric vehicles at a quicker rate than level 1 points, and are also the most common level found in public. They need to be wall-mounted on a bracket and will require a professional electrician to do the job for you. Level 2 charger installation costs are higher and vary proportionally to amperage and the cable’s length.
|Level 2 Charger|
|Station||$500 - $900|
|Parts & Labor||$1,200 - $2,000|
|Charging Time||2-6 hrs|
Level 3 equipment costs the most as they are the fastest way to charge your electric cars. This is possible because the car’s on-board charger is overridden and power is supplied directly to the battery. Level 3s were designed for commercial use and are typically not available for home installations.
|Level 3 Charger|
|Station||$10,000 - $20,000|
|Parts & Labor||$2,300 - $6,000|
|Charging Time||30 min. for 80%|
Tesla Charger Installation Costs
Teslas are a specific brand of fully electric vehicles designed for everyday use. The current models on the market are the Model S and Model X series. The Model S is a standard, high-functioning car designed to be larger and more economical than other vehicles. It is roughly the size of a standard gas car and can seat five people comfortably. The Model X series is larger and designed to be like an SUV with the capacity to seat 5-7 people.
Owners do not always need to install home devices for these vehicles because most Teslas, particularly the Model S and Model X series, currently include adaptors and wall connections which are capable of charging at home with a regular electrical outlet. Each vehicle typically comes with a standard 110 volt connection, a more powerful 240 volt connection, and one cord which can be used at public stations.
People interested in a faster charge can purchase a Tesla wall connector for roughly $500. Each wall connector is designed to handle 208-240 volt power supplies. The wall connector needs to be installed with a 60-90 amp circuit breaker and requires a trained electrician. We Typically Charge $65-$85 per hour, meaning the total cost of installing a Tesla wall connector can range between $630-$1,100. This estimates includes the price of the physical wall connector.
People who electrically fuel their vehicles in public can take advantage of the Tesla Supercharger, which is a series of free stations developed to charge Models S and X. It uses a 480-volt system to quickly power vehicles within 30 minutes to 1 hour. Superchargers are currently free to use by Tesla owners. This equipment cannot be installed at home because the electrical capacity required is industrial grade, meaning a typical development and residence lacks the necessary power to use one. Homeowners are also unable to purchase the equipment.
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Advantages of Adding an EV Station at Home
Public charging stations cost you about 8-25 cents per kilowatt-hour. The price to install an electric car charger point at home is going to prove advantageous no matter what, since this one-time investment will mean that you don’t have to spend some amount each time you want to refill your car’s battery.
Those interested in driving electric cars will find that there may be some tax incentives available. The federal government offers incentives of up to $7,500 for those who purchase hybrid or fully electric vehicles. Plug It America worked with the government to create incentives for those who add home units as well. This program lets home and business owners deduct 30% of the cost of installing a charging station, and it lets them get back up to $1,000 of the total amount they spent on the installation.
If you reside in the PG&E territory you can request a clean fuel rebate from PG&E for up to $500 towards the cost of your EV charging Station. Here is the page that explains the rebate and application process.
An at-home charging station would mean that you can fuel your car any time you want without the need to look for a public port. There is always a high risk running out of power before you end up at the next port. Having one at home can ensure that you maintain steady power levels and can refill the battery overnight.
What Is a Charging Station?
This device consists of one or more units that look similar to the pumps found in a traditional gas station. Users can simply pull up, remove the hose from the unit, and plug the cord right into the outlet on their vehicles. It takes just a few minutes for the battery to begin charging, though it takes longer for the vehicle to fill completely. Pay stations give drivers the option of paying each time they need to use one, but they can also select a monthly subscription rate that gives them a set amount of usage each month.
Who Needs One?
Anyone who drives or owns an electric vehicle needs a charging station. Even if you live in a heavily populated area, there is no guarantee that you’ll reach one before your vehicle runs out of power. Having one at home allows homeowners to plug in at night and wake to a full battery. You can also use it to check your car’s power level.
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Things to Consider before Installing
There are several things to consider before installing one of these devices, including the cost of hardware. Shoppers can find the hardware and components needed for installation at most home improvement stores, but they'll need a professional to install those components. Another factor that electric vehicle owners should consider is the portability of the equipment. Some of the more expensive systems contain a small battery that can be used, but drivers usually need to plug in this device every night to keep it charged.
Many people will also want to consider the amperage capacity of the system, including the amount of energy that it provides and uses. A system that uses too much electricity may overpower a home's system. Others will want to consider the length of the charging cord. A good cord should be long enough that it can reach the vehicle anywhere it sits around the driveway or garage.
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