EV Charging Stations: Average Installation Fees

If you are interested in installing a home charging station for your electric vehicles, there are several companies you can contact who will sell you a charging unit, install your station, or both.

Average costs for installation for a 240-volt unit are averaging around $2,200, but can be much higher depending on the model you choose and the modifications necessary to your present electrical system.

If you must hire an electrician to modify your electrical wiring, it is possible this alone can cost you several hundred dollars.

Charging Stations

Here are some examples of companies well-known for both producing charging units and their installation services.

Clipper Creek. This company is really aimed at commercial vehicle charging, but do offer home stations with varying voltage and amperage.

Clipper Creek makes the charging stations for the Tesla Roadster and offers adaptations for a variety of needs.

AeroVironment. This company has the exclusive contract to supply charging stations for the Nissan LEAF, the only completely electrical vehicle to be mass marketed to date.

AeroVironment has been making chargers for many years and has evolved through the changes in EV technology.

Coulomb. (now chargepoint) This company is responsible for the majority of widespread public charging stations and are developing Level 2 chargers for home use. Continue reading “EV Charging Stations: Average Installation Fees”

How much does the average home charging station cost?

If you are considering purchasing an electric vehicle, one of your biggest concerns will be how to charge the vehicle regularly and reliably. Knowing how long your charge will last is important; many newer electric vehicles have sophisticated visual options to let you know how many miles you have left on a charge based on your speed and other consumption factors, such as running the air conditioning.

However, it does not do you any good to know how much electricity you are using if you do not have a way to replenish it.

For this reason, it is important to have a charging station available on a regular basis, and home charging stations fit this bill well. You can charge your car at night, while you sleep, and it will be ready to go in the morning.

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However, many people are afraid to change to electric vehicles because they fear the charging station will be too expensive. Here are the facts about what it costs to buy, install, and operate a typical home charging station.

There are cars that operate when plugged into a normal 120-volt home outlet. However, these cars typically take many hours to charge; some could take most of a 24-hour period, meaning that you would not be able to drive the car every other day while it charges. Most people would rather spend a bit more for a home charger in order to gain quicker charging capability and more frequent use of their vehicle. Continue reading “How much does the average home charging station cost?”

Top 7 cities leading the way with Public Charging Stations

Many major cities are beginning to recognize the need for charging stations for EVs.

Some cities have relied on federal grant money to install numerous charging stations, while others have allowed private companies to install these refueling points. Here is a list of the top seven major cities with numerous charging stations for EVs:

1) Miami.

While tooling down the beach highways has always called up nostalgia of famous gas-powered cars, more and more EVs are finding their way to the nation’s shorelines. In Miami, a city noted for its cosmopolitan flavor and huge use of private vehicles, there are at least ten charging stations scattered along the coast from south of the city proper up to Boynton Beach, some fifty miles north.

2) Atlanta.

With some of the busiest highways in the nation and continual traffic gridlock, Atlanta boasts ten charging stations scattered at various points around the city. While the bulk of the stations are located along the I-75 corridor which bisects the city north and south, several more are placed at strategic locations around the “perimeter” of I-285, especially in the northern suburbs of the city where the more affluent commuters live.

3) Washington, DC/Baltimore.

The nation’s capitol boasts ten charging stations scattered at locations throughout the city, as well as one in Baltimore. In this city, with its tremendous traffic flow, it is likely that EVs will enjoy more popularity than in the more rural areas to the west.

4) Philadelphia.

While Philly EV residents enjoy numerous charging stations around Center City, only one lies to the south, near the airport, and one to the west, near the Blue Route interchange with I-476 and I-76. Most chargers are still located downtown. Continue reading “Top 7 cities leading the way with Public Charging Stations”

Top 5 Reasons You Need a Home Charging Unit for Your EV

If you are considering purchasing an electric vehicle, or if you already have one, one of the biggest concerns you will have is how to charge your EV. While public charging stations are becoming more prevalent, they are far from universal and most people cannot depend upon public charging alone to keep their EVs running.

Therefore, a home charging station is not just a convenience but a necessity for most EV owners. Many EV drivers are installing home-based charging systems in their own garages and carports to ensure ease of access to charging power as needed.

There are several advantages to having your own home charging station, including:

1) Power whenever you need it. With a home charging station, you never have to be at the mercy of public charging locations with varying cost, and you can charge whenever you want. Of course, it is cheapest to charge during off-peak hours, and this you can easily do at night from your own home charging station. By charging from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m., you will enjoy the best energy rates and can power your car when you are not using it.

2) Rebates on your taxes. Besides the tax advantages offered for hybrid and electric vehicles, many locations are now offering tax rebates for installing your own charging station. For example, San Antonio is currently offering a tax incentive worth up to $1,000 for installation of a home charging system for an EV. Continue reading “Top 5 Reasons You Need a Home Charging Unit for Your EV”

How fast are charging stations expected to grow nationally

Electric vehicle charging stations are becoming more popular as gas prices continue to rise.

In order for most people to drive electric vehicles, they prefer to have a reliable home charging unit that allows them to recharge their vehicles at night in the privacy of their own garages.

This means that the sales of such charging stations are growing. Further, the number of public charging stations is also growing so that more people have access to these stations while on the road.

Home Charging Stations

Pike Research, an independent firm charged with projecting the number of electric vehicle charging stations available in the United States over the next few years, predicts that 65 percent of the charging stations available will be home models. With a project of one million charge points in the United States by 2017, this means that there will be around 650,000 homes with EV charging stations by that date.

Home charging will be a larger force in the United States than Europe, where only 35 percent of the stations predicted to be installed will be in private homes.

Public Charging Stations

The remaining 350,000 charging stations nationally and most of the 7.7 million units predicted worldwide will be public stations. These stations will be available in growing numbers around the country and world as more people switch to EV capabilities and models become increasingly more affordable. Continue reading “How fast are charging stations expected to grow nationally”