How long will charging take?

Charging time depends on both the type of charge used and the vehicle. For completely empty batteries using a common 120-volt outlet (Level 1), an owner can expect a full charge in 8-12 hours. With a 240-volt outlet and a Level 2 charging station, an owner can expect to fully charge a battery in 4-6 hours. A Level 3 “Quick Charge” station can charge a fully depleted battery up to 80% fully charged in less than 30 minutes.

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How much will home charging cost?

Exact costs will depend on your home’s existing wiring. Generally speaking, EV owners who wish to use an existing conventional outlet (Level 1) should expect some expense to place that outlet on a dedicated circuit. This may run several hundred dollars or more depending on your home’s existing electric infrastructure. Owners wanting to install a Level 2 charger should expect to pay $1,500 or more for equipment and installation. Price will depend on the charging station model selected and the ...

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What is the first step toward installing an EV charger at my home?

The first step is to have a licensed electrician perform an assessment at your home. They will be able to identify the scope of work needed to accommodate the charging equipment. In extreme cases, an electric service upgrade to your home may be required. In that case, your utility company may have to perform work required to supply the additional electric load. Your licensed electrician should be able to identify problems and work with your utility to address them.

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Who can I reach out to about installing a charger at my home?

You can contact a licensed electrician who can assist with the selection and installation of charging equipment. You can also contact local electrical supply companies and charging station dealers. A list of those companies is available on the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Dealers page. If you are purchasing an EV, the automotive dealership will also likely have information on charging equipment.

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