What is the price of installing a home electric vehicle charger?

Installing an Electric Car Charger at Home – What You Need to Know

By CarAdvice

If you have an electric vehicle (EV) parked out front, it’s probably worth investing in a home EV charger to ensure your car is always charged and ready to go. As public EV charging infrastructure continues to expand across Australia, you’ll find an EV charging station not far from your home. While there are free charging points in local car parks and community centres, the charging speed and duration are usually very limited. Public pay chargers will charge your electric vehicle more quickly but at a cost of between 40 and 65 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). On the other hand, you are likely to only pay about 25 cents per kWh at home, or potentially nothing if you can take advantage of solar power.

The cost of installing a home charger for an electric car varies. EV wall charger unit prices range from $500 to $2,000, but you’ll need to pay to have it professionally installed by a licensed electrician, which can cost anywhere from $750 to $1,250. Installation prices are influenced by your home’s electrical supply, the distance between the distribution board and the wall charger, and the type of installation. It is worth contacting your vehicle manufacturer to see if they offer a free or discounted home charger as part of the ownership experience. Many manufacturers offer this perk, such as the Lexus NX450h+ plug-in hybrid SUV and select Polestar 2 models.

Plugging your EV directly into a regular outlet at home is known as Level 1 charging. Most new EVs come with a Level 1 adapter cable, which allows you to charge your EV at home plugged into a wall socket, assuming you have off-street parking. However, it’s very slow, adding only about 10km of range for every hour the car is plugged into the wall on a standard 10 amp circuit. On the other hand, installing a Level 2 EV charger at home can speed up the process. With a Level 2 EV wall charger connected to a 16 amp circuit, you can add up to 20 km of range per hour, but you can almost double that using a 32 amp circuit. If your home has three-phase power, you can charge even faster. Despite these improvements, charging at home on AC power still won’t match the charging speeds of public Level 3 DC fast chargers, some of which can fill your car up to an 80 percent charge in as little as 30 minutes.

A range of Level 2 EV wall chargers are available in Australia, so you’ll need to make sure you choose one that’s compatible with your car and your home’s power supply. Some trusted brands currently selling home wall chargers in Australia include, JetCharge, Tesla, Evolution, MG, Evnex, and Charging Point. The cost of each charger should be considered alongside installation costs. Additionally, the best location for your wall charger should be considered to ensure that the charging cable will reach and won’t get in the way.

There is currently only one company in Australia offering EV owners the ability to install a private, lockable curbside EV charging station if they do not have access to off-street parking. Victorian startup Braking charge is currently conducting a trial in Melbourne’s Port Phillip town to install electric vehicle chargers in on-street parking spaces, with plans to expand to New South Wales and also interest from overseas markets. Installation takes about a day and costs between $6,500 and $7,000. The charging unit connects to your home’s distribution panel via a single-phase 32-amp line that is funneled under the trail or nature strip.

In conclusion, there are costs associated with installing an electric car charger at home, but the benefits of convenient and cost-effective charging make it a worthwhile investment. As electric vehicles become more mainstream in Australia, this infrastructure will only continue to improve, so it’s advisable to start looking into your options sooner rather than later.

The article first appeared on Drive.