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How much does it cost and how long does it take to charge an EV at home?

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Updated: 12/04/23

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How much is it to charge an electric car at home? Well, you can use our EV Home Charging Calculator to find out how long it takes and how much, or little, it can cost to charge an electric car at home. You can also tailor the results to your home energy costs.

How much to charge an electric car at home

Select your electric car from the list of new or used plug-in vehicles, enter your charger type and your electricity costs.

Your results from the EV charging cost calculator will show your electric car home charging cost, including the estimated time to charge, the total cost and the cost per mile for home charging.

How to calculate the cost of charging an electric car at home

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at home? You can use the EV Home Charging Calculator to find out the cost of charging an electric car at home in the UK, as well as how long it takes to charge your electric vehicle at home.

To use the tool, select your vehicle from our list of new or used plug-in vehicles, enter the power rating of your home charger (3kW or 7kW) and enter your home electricity cost.

To find more information on how to use the EV Home Charging Calculator, see our Guide to using the Home Charging Calculator, which will better enable you to find how much it costs to charge an electric car at home.

Results of the calculation will show the estimated time to charge your EV at home, as well as the total cost and cost per mile for your home charge.

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The cost of an EV charging station can vary significantly based on the requirements and current electrical infrastructure, but averages ~1,000 all-in for a Level 2 home charger. This guide details the cost of EV chargers for home and also discusses the cost of Level 2 chargers for business and Level 3 (DC-fast charging) stations.

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    Electric Car Charging Stations Cost Level 2 Charging Station Cost EV Charging Station For Business Cost Level 3 Charging Station Cost Detailed EV Charger Cost Breakdown

Electric Car Charging Stations Cost

The cost of an EV charging station can vary depending on the owner’s preferences and there are two main options for individual EV owners:

  • Use a Level 1 Charger (Free) – All EV models come with a basic chord that will plug into a 120V outlet, which is the standard outlet for homes in the U.S. Assuming you already have a 120V outlet in your garage, this option is essentially free. This set-up will only allow for charging rates of 3-5 miles per hour, so if you have a moderate commute, a faster charge is required.
  • Purchase a Level 2 Charger (~1,000) – Most EV owners elect to purchase a Level 2 EVSE, which stands for Electric Vehicle Service Equipment, for use in their home. The Level 2 chargers require a 240V outlet ( NEMA 6 which many clothes dryers use). The cost of a Level 2 charging station is typically around 1,000 all-in, which includes the equipment and installation cost. There are a range of Level 2 models ( read our detailed EV charger model review) and costs, which we discuss below.

If you are interested in electric car charging stations for your business or retail location, please refer to the section on Level 2 charging stations for business or read our detailed review of these products. There is also the option for businesses to purchase DC fast charging stations (also called Level 3), but the cost of a Level 3 EV charger is significantly more and is typically purchased through one of the EV charging network providers.

Level 2 Charging Station Cost

The chart below includes the of the most popular EV chargers available as of December 2017.

ModelSnapshotSpecial FeaturesDimensionsPrice
JuiceBox Pro 40-Amp Smallest in class and great for California drivers Wi-Fi enabled with app and connection to rewards program 10 x 6 x 3 inches Check Current Price on Amazon
Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp (Editor’s Pick) Best value and high quality ratings Siemens quality (UL labs), Wi-Fi options 20.5 x 18 x 15 inches Check Current Price on Amazon
ChargePoint 32-Amp Sleek and lightweight App connects to Chargepoint network, Wi-Fi enabled 18.5 x 15 x 7 inches Check Current Price on Amazon
ClipperCreek HCS-40P Sturdy U.S.-made model Best-in class 3 year warranty NA Check Current Price on Amazon

The installation cost data is from a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a leading cleantech institute, which broke the installation cost down into electrician labor, materials, permitting and mobilization (traveling to the installation location). The study was completed in 2014, so please note that we have adjusted the EV charger equipment cost in our estimate as have come down.

EV Charging Station For Business Cost

According to RMI, the installation for Level 2 chargers for businesses is the largest component of the cost and can be between 4,000 and 7,000. If the charger is located in a public parking garage the installation cost will be less than a curbside installation as the charger can be wall mounted and wiring is easier. A curbside charger is typically free-standing and trenching or directional boring for wiring increases the installation cost.

Level 3 Charging Station Cost

A Level 3 or DC fast charging station are typically installed through one of the EV charging station networks and can cost more than 50,000 to install. The main contributors to the increased cost are both the equipment and installation. The installation can require a 480V transformer and the electrician labor hours can be greater than 40 hours.

Detailed EV Charger Cost Breakdown

The chart below details the costs for Level 2 home chargers, Level 2 chargers for business and Level 3 chargers.

As noted by RMI, installation rates for home EV chargers can fluctuate based on the electrician labor time at 50-80 an hour depending on the location. A new breaker can also increase the price by 500-1,000.

Commercial installations have a wider variance based on the current electrical infrastructure and the extent of trenching/boring required.

EV Charging

The EV Purchasing Cooperative Program is highlighting EVADC’s EV Charger of the Week videos to show residents where public EV charging stations are located around Montgomery County and how to use them. Check back each week for new EV charger videos! Watch YouTube Playlist

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EVs are powered by batteries that must be recharged from an electric source. Compared to gasoline, electricity is more affordable and cost-steady. In Montgomery County, powering your vehicle from the electric grid reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 70-75% compared to an internal combustion vehicle.

There are many ways to charge an electric vehicle. The most convenient way to charge your EV is at home. Charging is also available at workplaces, retail locations, parks, highway rest areas, and parking garages throughout our region. This page will help you understand the different ways to charge, how long it takes, where to find public charging, and how to install EV charging equipment at your property.

Level 1 Chargers

  • Level 1 Chargers use standard 120V outlets, which are found around the home and used by most home electronics. Every EV can be charged at Level 1.- in most cases, the adapter is included with the vehicle. Level 1 charging supplies about 5 miles of range for every 1 hour of charging. Charging overnight provides 40 miles of range, which is enough for most typical drivers. Fully charging on Level 1 can take a day or longer.

Level 2 Chargers

  • Level 2 Chargers use 240V circuits. 240V outlets are sometimes found in homes for use with certain dryers and stovetops – if not available in your home, you can hire an electrician to install one. Level 2 charging supplies about 25 miles of range for every hour of charge. This type of charging equipment is commonly found in shopping centers, public parking garages, recreational areas, apartment buildings, and many workplaces.

Level 3 Chargers

  • Level 3 Chargers, or Direct Current (DC) Fast Chargers (aka DCFC) use high-powered 480V circuits for Rapid EV charging. DCFCs are only found at public charging stations and can supply about 40 miles of charge in 10 minutes.

Networked EV Chargers

Networked, or “Smart chargers,” are connected through remote Cloud technology and can be operated through a mobile app. Users can remotely monitor their charging status, control the charging duration, make payments, set reminders, schedule charging, track energy usage, etc.

Non-Networked chargers are solitary functioning units and cannot track charging data or other operational data. Due to their simplicity, they are often inexpensive.

EV Charging Safety and Best Practices

According to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), EVs are safe to charge at your home or business when operated correctly with certified charging equipment. FEMA provides EV charging safety tips in this article.

Data compiled from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), and from Recalls.gov shows that electric vehicles are less likely to catch fire than gas-powered vehicles. EV battery fires have occurred when the battery becomes damaged or punctured, which can result in fires that last longer and require more resources to extinguish than other car fires.

EV batteries can last 10-20 years or up to 300,000 miles if they are maintained well. To maximize the life and performance of your battery:

  • ​Try to usually keep the charge level between 20-80% and moderately charge your vehicle every 2-3 days.
  • Avoid depleting the battery entirely and only charge to 100% before taking a long-range trip. You can use automatic features to limit the total charge to 90%.
  • Avoid daily use of DC fast charging, which places more strain on the battery.

Find EV Charging in Montgomery County

There are over 500 charging plugs open to the public in Montgomery County, including 100 DC Fast Chargers. Twenty-two (22) conveniently located EV charging stations are available at parking facilities in downtown Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton. Maps of those locations are available from the Division of Parking Management. Local utilities have also installed charging at parks and other public facilities.

Check the Department of Energy Alternative Fuels Data Center or charging station location services such as Plugshare to find an EV charger near you.

Install EV Charging

Montgomery County is ready to support residents and businesses who want to install charging stations on their property. You will need an electrical permit from Montgomery County to complete your project. Please see these resources for guidance on the permitting process for residents and commercial entities.

Home Charging

Charging at home is one of the biggest benefits of EVs. In fact, over 90% of EV drivers regularly charge their vehicles at home. Download our At-Home EV Charging Guide for information to get started.

Technical Requirements Charge at home by plugging the manufacturer-provided Level 1 charging cable into a standard 120V outlet or install a Level 2 charger on a 240V circuit. You will need 30-50 amps capacity in your panel box.

A licensed electrician can evaluate your current electrical system and advise if you need to upgrade your panel or need additional wiring. Equipment and installation costs 1,500 on average for a Level 2 system, but costs can vary widely depending on the electrical work needed.

Permitting Apply for a residential electrical permit from the Department of Permitting Services to install a Level 2 charging station for your garage or driveway.

Curbside Right-of-Way Charging Residents without off-street parking have the option to apply for a right-of-way permit to install curbside charging equipment in the public right-of-way. The homeowner is responsible for arranging and paying for equipment and installation. Residents may not reserve a parking space on the public street in front of the charging station or take payment for charging, but you may lock the charging equipment or use automatic features to control access. Multiple property owners may coordinate to install one or more shared EV chargers on the street to share costs and use of the charging infrastructure.

Choosing Equipment and Installer There are multiple equipment suppliers and installers to choose from. When selecting equipment, check eligibility requirements for utility incentive programs. Equipment vendors or your electric utility may be able to connect you to installer partners. Always work with a licensed electrical contractor.

EV Charging for Apartments, Condos, and Townhomes

EV charging is a valuable amenity for apartments and common ownership communities, providing residents with cost savings and convenience. Simplify your multifamily EV charging project by following these steps:

  • Survey residents to understand current and future demand for EV charging. Visit VCI-MUD.org for survey templates and other resources.
  • Conduct a site review with a licensed electrician to design your project and select your equipment.
  • Contact the Montgomery County Green Bank for low-interest financing and technical assistance.
  • Contact your electric utility for incentives and power needs.
  • Apply for a commercial building permit and electrical permit and follow all regulations and best practices for accessibility.
  • Create guidelines and educate residents about best practices to make the most of your shared resource.
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The average cost for equipment and installation for commercial EV charging is around 6,000 per station. Costs can vary significantly based on the amount of electrical work needed.

The webinar below provides information and recommendations from the Departments of Environmental Protection and Permitting Services, the Commission on Common Ownership Communities, Pepco, the Montgomery County Green Bank, and Clarksburg Condominium II Association.

Commercial Properties

Workplaces are ideal locations for convenient and affordable EV charging. Both Level 1 and Level 2 charging are useful for employees that leave their vehicle parked for the workday. Charging access can be limited to employees or available to visitors and can be provided for free or can be set up to require payment. Visit the Alternative Fuels Data Center for more information about workplace charging.

Retail locations can also attract visitors by installing charging. Charging during a meal or shopping trip can be a great way to keep your EV battery topped up.

Installing commercial charging requires both a building permit and electrical permit. Contact the Montgomery County Green Bank for low-cost financing and technical resources. If your business is located in one of the County’s Transportation Management Districts, there may be additional resources and requirements for EV charging.

Incentives for EVSE

There are a number of incentive and financing programs to help residents, multifamily property owners, and businesses install charging:

Montgomery County’s Green Bank offers financing for EV charging stations for commercial, property owners, and residents in Montgomery County.

Maryland Energy Administration offers incentives for EV supply equipment, but funding for this program was exhausted as of December 2022. New funding may be available beginning July 1, 2023. Visit MEA’s website for the current programs that support EVs throughout Maryland.

Electric utilities servicing Montgomery County offer incentives for EV charging as well. Check your utility’s website for the current availability of these programs.

  • Pepco’s EVSmart Program provides Maryland residential customers with residential charger rebates, special Time-of-Use discounted rates for off-peak charging and a managed charging program that gives the utility some control over your EV charger. Pepco also offers incentives for commercial multifamily customers and provides charging discounts for commercial fleets.
  • Potomac Edison’s EV Driven Program gives residential and multifamily property charging rebates on qualifying EV charging stations, as well as off-peak charging rewards.
  • BGE’s EVSmart Program offers incentives on residential chargers, multifamily property chargers, and a special Time-of-Use (TOU) discounted rate for off-peak EV charging

Contact Us

Have a specific question about EVs that’s not covered here? Contact us at AskDEP@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov.

How Much Does a Level 2 EV Charger Installation Cost?

While Level 1 chargers typically come standard with the purchase of most new electric vehicles (EVs), it’s common for owners to want to swap out those slow, entry-level solutions for a more convenient and efficient Level 2 EV Charger that is smarter and up to 8x faster. But what do they cost with home installation, and are they worth it?

There’s the old adage: you get what you pay for. But it’s never really that simple, is it? vary for EV chargers — as they should since each vehicle owner’s needs are unique — but that doesn’t mean there cannot be a guide available that breaks down key factors to give you a general sense of what you may want to buy and how the choices you make will affect your wallet.

How Much Does a Level 2 EV Charger Itself Cost?

As a starting point, you can expect the cost of a home Level 2 EV charger that’s 32-40A to be between 500 and 800 for the hardware, plus any potential accessories and installation costs you want for your setup.

How Level 2 EV Chargers Have Become Cost-Effective

Your EV charger, home installation, or both can qualify for discounts with your local utility provider, and in some instances government tax rebates and incentives may be available. Qualifying for any of these would ultimately lower the cost of your new EV charger.

Why the Cost Difference with EV Chargers?

Level 2 EV chargers range in price depending on what features you’re looking for. At EvoCharge, we provide affordable options like our basic plug-and-charge EVSE unit that is non-networked. All you need is a 240v plug or to hardwire it to your electrical supply and charge as needed. There are also Smart chargers like our iEVSE Home for a little more money that can be connected to your Wi-Fi network. This allows you to control your EVSE from the EvoCharge app and web portal, which includes the ability to schedule charging times. With that feature, you can save money by charging your EV during off-peak times. The EvoCharge app also lets you analyze your charging sessions with its convenient, built-in “charging history” feature.

Each home-charging option has a range of abilities and comes at a different price point.

What Additional Costs Can One Expect with a Level 2 EV Charger?

A key reason Level 2 EV chargers cost more than their Level 1 counterparts — when people choose to purchase them — is because Level 2 systems have more technology in the unit. They also often require assistance from a certified electrician for a safe installation. An assessment of your home’s electrical situation should be completed, and a decision on professional installation ought to be made based on amperage, the circuit, your charger, and the electrical panel’s location.

for home installation vary based on geography, the specific job, and experience level of the electrician you hire. How long it takes them to complete the installation is another factor — up to a few hours is common for many electricians. There are many options available to find certified installers in your area who can provide a quote. You can also check to see if a Certified EvoCharge Installer is available. These installers are licensed electricians who are familiar with the EvoCharge portfolio of EV chargers and accessories.

Another reason costs can vary for Level 2 EV charger home installations is because you may want to purchase cable management accessories. We carry the EvoReel and Retractor, which are great for keeping charging cords out of the way.

Level 2 charging solutions from EvoCharge

Whether you go with a standard plug-and-charge or Smart home charger, you are making a wise investment in your choice to drive electric that will add convenience to your life while helping you avoid higher-cost public charging. Check out the Charging Station Builder to find the right solution for your EV charging needs. If you choose to get a Level 2 charger from EvoCharge and want professional installation, we have a growing network of Certified Installers who are licensed and come recommended.

How Much Does Installing an EV Charger Cost?

So, you’re considering installing an EV (electric vehicle) charger at your home or business. You’ll have many factors to consider. but chief among them: how much will it cost to have one installed?

The national average cost for EV charging station installation is between 1,000 and 2,500. Still, this cost varies based on your region, the type of station you buy, and whether it is portable or hardwired into your home. If you’re planning to buy an EV charger to service your own vehicle, keep in mind that many EVs come with a Level 1 charger that you can easily plug into a typical 120-volt outlet. However, you can upgrade to a faster charging station, too.

So with that in mind, let’s break down the factors that will influence how much installing your EV charging station will cost.

Level 1 vs. Level 2 Chargers

First, let’s break down the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 EV chargers. Level 1 EV chargers use your home’s existing electrical outlets and are typically much more affordable than Level 2 chargers. They can take up to 10 hours for a full charge, so they’re great for overnight charging.

Level 2 EV chargers require professional installation and are hardwired into your home or business. They provide faster charging times, usually around four to eight hours. However, they also have a higher price tag than Level 1 chargers.

for Level 1 home EV chargers range from 300 to more than 1,000, not including installation costs. for Level 2 chargers range from 700 to more than 1,800 for homes and up to 12,000 for commercial installation. These depend on various factors, including the need for adaptors, Wi-Fi connectivity, weather protection, and energy needs.

Will Your Charger Be Hardwired or Plug-In?

If you decide to go with a Level 2 charger, you’ll need to determine if it will be hardwired or plug-in. If you opt for a plug-in unit. the only installation costs associated with the charger would be for the electrician to run power from your home’s breaker box to the outlet where the charger will be plugged in. In this case, you’ll most likely need access to a 240-volt electrical outlet.

On the other hand, a hardwired unit requires a more extensive installation and is generally more expensive. In addition to running power from your home’s breaker box, an electrician must attach the charger to your home or business’s wiring system, which may require additional hours of labor and materials for installation.

Costs of Accessories

Other accessories for operating your EV charging station could contribute to your upfront costs, including surge protectors, extension cords, mounting brackets, and other supplies. Depending on the state of your home or business’s existing electric system, you may also need to install additional wiring or outlets to accommodate installing your EV charger.

Cost of Permits and Labor

Electricians may charge by the hour or at a flat rate. Your region’s laws will determine whether permits are necessary for EV charger installation, and the cost of these permits can vary greatly depending on your locality. It is generally wise to contact a licensed electrician for an estimate before installing your charging station to ensure you get the best deal.

Depending on your jurisdiction, you may also need to consider the cost of permits, which could add a few hundred dollars to the project cost.

Ongoing Costs To Anticipate After Installing Your EV Charger

Owning an EV charging unit also involves some ongoing costs. Some manufacturers charge a small monthly fee to use their Cloud-based systems, while others levy fees if you want to share your charger with the public.

Most wall units have a warranty and require minimal or no ongoing maintenance. You may have to pay for repairs if your charger malfunctions or needs an upgrade, so it’s a good idea to check the warranty included with your unit.

You will also have to pay for your EV charger’s electricity unless you use solar panels or other renewable energy sources. The cost of electricity varies depending on where you live and how much you drive, but it can be a significant expense to consider when budgeting for your EV charging setup.

Finally, it’s important to remember that even the best-maintained EV chargers will eventually need replacing. As the EV industry continues to evolve, newer charging units will likely become available with more features and better performance. If you plan to keep your EV for a long time, consider how much the cost of replacing your charger may change over its lifetime.

Ways To Reduce Your EV Charger Installation Costs

You may reduce the cost of installing your EV charger by taking advantage of applicable tax credits or rebates. Many states and utility companies offer rebates and incentives to install a home charger. Check your state and local government websites for more information. You may also qualify for federal tax credits that reduce the overall cost of installation.

Additionally, you can save money if you shop around and compare different models and quotes. Many suppliers offer discounts for purchasing multiple charging units at once, so if you plan to install more than one station, look for deals to help lower the installation cost.

Regardless of upfront costs, it’s important to remember that purchasing an EV charger for your home or business will likely become a profitable long-term investment. Installing an EV charger can help you save money in the long run by reducing your reliance on expensive fuel. If you make your charger publicly available, you’ll find plenty of ways to monetize your charging station. With proper research and planning, you can be sure that your charging station will be a great addition to your home or business for years to come!

Are you interested in learning more about EV charging infrastructure? Join us at the upcoming EV Charging Summit and Expo.

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