Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station Cost

How much does it cost to install an electric vehicle charging station at home?

As electric vehicles become more and more common, we will likely see growth in home electric vehicle charging stations. For this example, we'll examine the cost of installing a standard 240V charging station, which typically costs $1100-$1200. Although DIY-ers can install their own EV charging station, hiring a professional is the safer and recommended choice.

Cost breakdown

  • Labor: expect to pay an electrician or contractor about $500 total for the entire installation process, with an hourly fee of $65-$85 per hour.
  • Materials: there is a wide variety of EV charging station options available at all price points, but the average station costs $600-$700. Higher power chargers or those with longer cables will be towards the higher end of the price spectrum.

Item

(Unit Cost)

ProsCons

ClipperCreek HC S-40

($560)

Durable

Robust

Basic design

No screen

No software

Aerovironment

($800-$1000)

3-year warranty

Portable version

Basic design

No screen

Bosch Power Max

($600-$750)

Stylish design

No-touch operation

No screen

GE WattStation

($800)

Stylish design

Zero energy consuptiom button and LED

Too big

loud

JuiceBox Pro 40

($600)

Level 2

WiFi-Conectivity

Smartphone app

Basic design

Schneider Electric Evlink 30 amp

($600)

Level 2

Effective

Reliable

Small

Body made of cheap plastic

Siemens

($650)

Level 2

3-year warranty

Basic design

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • A pedestal kit for easier access from the charger to the car can be added for around $700.
  • WiFi-enabled charging stations can be a few hundred dollars more expensive, but they connect with a smartphone so you can monitor your car power levels and charging progress.
  • Newer homes typically have 200 amp electrical service, which means you may need a utility upgrade to support a 100 amp wall connector. This can add another $150-$350 to your total cost.

Additional considerations and costs

  • There are two types of EV chargers: Level 1 and Level 2. Your car manufacturer should provide you with a Level 1 charging cable when you buy the car; this cord simply plugs into a standard grounded wall outlet. Level 2 chargers require a dedicated circuit, which means an electrician may need to assess your home. Before starting the process, see if a Level 1 charger will be sufficient for your needs.
  • Check with your contractor or electrician to see if a permit is needed. In most cases, you'll need a permit if you are upgrading and wiring electrical power, but the details vary by region.
  • If the area you are installing the charging station isn't wired, you'll need to hire an electrician to spread the wiring, which can add another $6-$8 per linear foot of wire.

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Labor cost by city and zipcode

Compared to national average
Aurora, CO
+10%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Chino, CA
+19%
Cincinnati, OH
+6%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Conroe, TX
+21%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Detroit, MI
+16%
Fort Lauderdale, FL
+2%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Garden Grove, CA
+20%
Greenwich, CT
+59%
Healdsburg, CA
+11%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Kansas City, MO
+4%
Kissimmee, FL
-20%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Livermore, CA
+35%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Lubbock, TX
-22%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Menlo Park, CA
+44%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
Nashville, TN
+21%
New York, NY
+77%
Newberg, OR
+15%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Pacifica, CA
+44%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Portland, OR
+11%
Richmond, VA
+4%
Rosemount, MN
+16%
Sacramento, CA
+8%

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