Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much do electric vehicle chargers usually cost?
The cheapest models tend to cost around $500, while models with additional features or Wi-Fi capabilities typically cost around $800. This is without taking into account the cost of installation, which can vary depending on the layout of your driveway or garage and how close or far it is from your electric panel. Installation can therefore vary from a few hundred dollars to $1000 for more complex installations that require more time or resources. Even so, the money you will save from regularly charging at home compared to buying gasoline will very likely make up for the cost of the station and installation over time.
Will the strength of a electric vehicle charger affect the battery life of my vehicle?
Level 2 and 3 charging stations are considered heavy duty, but there are ways of conserving your vehicle’s battery to reduce the need of having it changed. This includes factors such as physical load levels, reducing the use of accessories or temperature control systems (such as air conditioning and heating), or even changing your driving style, as aggressive driving tends to drain the battery quicker.
What should I keep in mind for electric vehicle charger installation?
Although you’ll be relying on the electrician’s best judgement for placement of the charging station, one crucial thing to keep in mind is its location and the cord length of the charger. Since you’ll be charging daily, consider the parking situation and where the charging port on your vehicle is located. Most charging station models offer 16-25 feet in cable length, although longer chargers tend to be a bit more pricey, they provide extra mobility.