Bausum and Duckett is a leader in green electrical services in the Delmarva area. We install electric car charging stations for your home or parking lot. With the rise in electric vehicle usage, more businesses are interested in providing charging stations for customers and employees. If you’re considering purchasing an electric car, you should consider where you will charge your car at home.
There are two common types of charging stations that are available with cars: Level One and Level Two. Level Three (which is fastest) is not widely available at this point. Level One chargers usually come with your vehicle. They are less powerful than Level Two which is a more powerful charger that can repower your vehicle more quickly. For instance, Level One can add 4 to 5 miles of range per hour of charge while Level Two can add 25-30 miles of range per hour. So, fully charging a longer range vehicle could take too long, up to 15 hours with a Level One charger.
Will I need a special outlet?
You can either use a Level One charger that plugs into a 120 volt outlet to recharge. Or use an outlet rated to 240 volts for a Level Two charger. A 240 volt outlet is standard for larger appliances like refrigerators or washers. In addition, the charger can be hardwired to your electrical system which can be cheaper than installing a new outlet. Contact a licensed electrician to evaluate your system and where you want to charge your vehicle to come up with options customized for you.
Is installing an electric charging station affordable?
The cost can vary greatly depending on the age of your home’s system, and your electric panel’s capacity. If the electrician needs to upgrade your panel to handle the 240 volt circuit to keep it from overloading than the cost will be higher. An article by Audrey Ference on Realtor.com estimates the following costs for installation:
“For a Level One charger, the cost of the station will be $300 to $600, with parts and labor costing $1,000 to $1,700, according to HomeAdvisor. A Level Two charger will cost a bit more: The station will cost roughly $500 to $700, and the parts and labor will likely cost $1,200 to $2,000.”
Contact our electricians for a free estimate. We are familiar with permits that may be needed for U.L. listed EV charger installation and we can make going green go easy!