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One of the most important things to take into consideration when you purchase an electric vehicle is its charger. Properly planning out the right charger is essential to a perfect setup. The cost of an EV (Electric Vehicle) charger installation can vary based on many different factors.

Levels of EV Chargers

There are two different levels of electric vehicle chargers. Level 1 is the most basic and is typically provided with your vehicle when you buy it. You can get around 4 to 5 miles of range per hour when charging with it. A Level 2 charger, however, typically requires a more advanced installation, but is well worth it. It can yield 25 to 30 miles of range per hour, which is a big difference.

A Level 1 charger usually costs around $300-$600 while parts and labour may add an extra $1,200 more. A Level 2 charger costs about $500-$700 with the parts and labour possibly adding an additional $2,000. Although it may cost more up front, a Level 2 charger seems to be a better option. You get at least an additional 20 miles more range per hour than a Level 1 charger.

Costs to Consider with EV Chargers

The cost of an EV charger installation can vary based on where you want the charger located, or simply by the age of your home. Older homes may not have the proper capacity at the electric panel to properly support an EV charger. Level 2 chargers can provide 16-80 amps of power to an electric vehicle. The more power you have, the faster your vehicle will charge. Every electric vehicle has a maximum charging capacity, however, which you should take into account when deciding which charger to install.

Some areas may even require you to obtain a permit beforehand. These can vary in price based on where it is that you live. Be sure to look into this to ensure that your installation is legal and safe.

How Much Charging Power Does My EV Need?

When considering how much charging power you need, it might be best to think long term. In the future, you may get an electric vehicle that could benefit from more charging power. If you foot the bill now, it may prevent you from having to upgrade your system later on down the road.

Level 2 chargers all operate on a powerful 240-volt circuit. They can provide up to 80 amps of power to your electric vehicle and charge it up faster. Electric vehicles are unique in how they can be charged. Typically, 11 to 30 miles can be recovered based on a one hour charge.

Different Types of EV Chargers

There are plug-in chargers and chargers that are wired directly into your electric panel. If you go with the plug-in option, then you have the flexibility of taking your charger with you on the go. It also enables you to easily upgrade your charger later on, as you can just plug a new one in. It will probably be more expensive to install an additional outlet in your home, though.

A charger that is directly wired to your electric panel will cost significantly less if it’s located in the garage. If you have a 240-volt outlet in your garage already, it may also be sufficient for an EV charger. Just be sure to check that it can supply the right amount of amperage.

Where Should I Install My EV Charger?

Deciding where to install your EV charger is an important decision. It needs to be easily accessible when you need it and in a safe place. If you don’t have a garage, there are some chargers that can be used for both indoor and/or outdoor use. An outdoor EV charger installation will cost more due to the nature of the install.

Make sure to measure from where you want to install your charger, to where your vehicle would be parked during charging. It’s important to purchase a wire that is long enough. There should always be some slack in the charger cord (at least 4 feet). It may also pay off to think ahead when deciding what length of charger you get. The longer the cable, the more flexible it can be to reach your electric vehicle’s charging port.

Choosing the right EV charger for your home and the electric vehicle is essential. Depending on your home and the type of installation that you choose, costs can vary. The following factors can influence the overall price you pay:

  • The age of your home
  • Permits and regulations
  • Level of charger you choose (Level 1 or Level 2)
  • Type of charger you choose (plug-in or hardwired)
  • Indoor or outdoor installation
  • Where you decide to install your EV charger

As long as you do your research and prepare beforehand, installing an EV charger at home is simple. Make sure to know what level and type of charger that you want. It’s also important to have a rough idea of where you want your charger to be located in your home. Also, be sure to think long-term when it comes to your installation. It may save you money from having to upgrade your system in the future! Do you have any further questions when it comes to installing an EV charger? You can contact your local electrician and they will be more than happy to help you!

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