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The best home EV chargers for your electrified Porsche

We know that not everyone is a fan of electrified Porsches. For some, not having an internal combustion engine powering a Porsche is borderline sacrilegious. But the truth is, electrified Porsches are here to stay and you can expect many more BEVs and PHEVs from the German automaker for years to come. If you’ve accepted that Porsche’s lineup is getting electrified and you’ve recently become a convert, you’re probably exploring home charging stations so you can stop using public charging. Having the capability of charging at home is a convenience well worth the price of admission.

Porsche does include a home EV charger with each pluggable model, but there’s always the possibility you want something better and more convenient. There’s also the chance you purchased a used vehicle and it didn’t come with a home charger. Whatever your reason is to shop for a home EV charger, you’ve come to the right place.

Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best home EV chargers you can get for your Porsche Taycan, Panamera E-Hybrid, Cayenne E-Hybrid, or any future BEV or PHEV Porsche offers, like the upcoming Macan EV.

Top pick: JuiceBox 40

The JuiceBox 40 EV charger is the actual charger we use at the Wrecked Media Group’s office (seen above as the commercial version) to keep our EVs topped off. And although we recommend the 40-amp version, it is also available in 32- and 48-amp variants. You can choose between plug-in or hardwired chargers for the 32- and 40-amp models, but the 48-amp version is only available as a hardwired charger. The 40-amp offers up to 9.6 kW and it’s available with either a NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plug.

The JuiceBox is a versatile home EV charger with Wi-Fi connectivity. Simply download the app onto your phone and you’ll be able to schedule charging and take advantage of other features, such as receiving notifications when your vehicle is fully charged and reminders in case you forgot to plug in your car. This charger is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, if you’ve moved onto having a Smart home.

Regardless of the model you choose, you’ll get a built-in cable rack, a 25-foot charging cable, a security lock, and a three-year manufacturer’s warranty. The entire unit is housed in a waterproof, dust-tight polycarbonate casing, so you can install it indoors or outdoors.

Electrify Home HomeStation

We recently had an opportunity to test the Electrify Home HomeStation. Photo credit: Jason Siu / FlatSixes.com

Recently, we had the opportunity to test the Electrify Home HomeStation for our other publication, EV Pulse. Although it was just a loaner (which is why the protective covering is seen in the photo), we came away impressed by the charger’s whole package. It’s a sleek and easy-to-install charger, although we did find it very bulky compared to other options on the market. But if size doesn’t matter to you, the Electrify Home HomeStation is one of the best chargers we’ve tested so far.

It comes from Electrify America, which is a well-known brand when it comes to public charging stations in the U.S. The HomeStation provides up to 9.6 kW of power at 40 amps, but you can also set it at 16 or 32 amps through the app. Speaking of the app, it’s nice and user friendly, but you will need Wi-Fi at your charger to get everything setup.

This charger has a 24-foot charging cable and plugs directly into a NEMA 14-50 outlet. The app allows you to remotely control the EVSE and if you use Electrify America for public charging, everything can be managed from the same app. That means you only need one account to manage both your home and public charging — and while that’s a minor benefit, it’s one worth mentioning.

You can read my full review of the Electrify Home HomeStation here.

ChargePoint Home Flex

If you’ve ever used public charging stations, there’s a good chance you’ve come across one from ChargePoint. It’s a well-known brand and its Home Flex charger is a fantastic choice as well. This Level 2, 240-volt charger is available as a plug-in model (NEMA 6-50 or NEMA 14-50) or hardwired, and you can control the amperage settings from 16 amps to 50 amps.

Download the ChargePoint app to setup and configure your charger from your smartphone or other mobile device. There, you can schedule charging times, set and view reminders, and check charging data. Alexa voice control can also be used with the ChargePoint Home Flex.

Attached to the charger is a 23-foot charging cable, which should be enough for most car owners. As for safety, the ChargePoint Home Flex is UL listed, NEMA 3R weatherproof rated, ENERGY STAR certified, and includes a three-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Grizzl-E Classic

This recommendation is designed for vehicle owners who don’t want a complicated home EV charger and don’t care for all the fancy features like Wi-Fi connectivity and smartphone apps. If you want a charger that you can simply install and plug in your vehicle each night, the Grizzl-E Classic is made for you. This charger is made in Canada and you can adjust the amperage from 16, 24, 32, or 40 amps based on your circuit breaker and needs.

It’s a quality home EV charger, built to be IP67 water resistant with GFCI. It can also easily be detached from your wall if necessary thanks to the included wall mount. This charger is equipped with a 24-foot charging cable and the power cable is 1.25 feet.

Unlike most home EV chargers, Grizzl-E offers a couple other styles if you find the matte black to be a bit boring. There’s an Avalanche variant with a white-and-blue theme, and an Extreme model with a camouflage style.

ClipperCreek

Want a home EV charger that’s made in America? ClipperCreek has one for you. This company’s charger comes in 32-, 40-, 48-, and 64-amp variants, with plug-in or hardwired options. Those who want a plug-in model can choose between NEMA 6-50 and NEMA 14-50 plugs. If your vehicle supports up to 15.4 kW, you can take advantage of 64 amps of power to get up to 61 miles of range per hour of charge time.

This recommendation checks all the boxes for safety, including ENERGY STAR certified, ETL, and cETL. ClipperCreek equips it with a service ground monitor that constantly checks for proper grounding. It’s all built in a fully-sealed, NEMA-4 enclosure and it’s safe to use in temperatures ranging from.22°F to 122°F. Attached to this charger is a 25-foot cable.

Do I need a Level 2 charger for my Porsche E-Hybrid?

Given the range of Porsche’s current E-Hybrid offerings, you don’t necessarily need to purchase a Level 2 charger. Although Level 1 charging through a standard household 120-volt outlet is slow, you should still be able to top off your E-Hybrid’s battery overnight. The only reason we would recommend a Level 2 charger for your E-Hybrid is if you aren’t able to leave your car plugged in overnight. If you need to charge your E-Hybrid quickly, then a Level 2 charger is your best option. For most owners however, a Level 1 charger should suffice.

Are Porsche’s home EV chargers worth the money?

Porsche offers its own home EV chargers, in addition to what comes with the car. The brand’s Wall Charger Connect is a home EV charging station like the ones you see recommended on our list, but it’s more than double the price. It does however, offer variable power outputs from 1.2 kW to 19.2 kW, which would allow you to charge your Taycan from zero- to 100-percent battery in less than five hours (at 19.2 kW). You would, of course, need a 100-amp circuit to support 19.2 kW charging. Unless you are able to take advantage of that rate of charging and want to spend the money getting a 100-amp circuit installed at your home, we’d say you’re better off purchasing one of our recommendations.

How much does it cost to install a home EV charger?

The cost of installing a home EV charger is largely dependent on where you live. will vary from state to state and how your home is setup. If you want some price ranges, look between 200 to 400 if you already have a 240-volt circuit installed. If you need to run dedicated wiring for a Level 2 charger, costs for that can range anywhere from 400 to upwards of 2,000. Things can get a lot more expensive if you need to run conduit around your home or require a new service panel. For extensive work, expect to pay anywhere from 1,500 to even up to 4,500.

Costs vary because of the electrical work involved with installing a home EV charger. Rates for electricians will depend on where you live. The best advice we can give is to shop around and get multiple quotes before choosing one installer.

What is EVSE?

If you’ve been shopping around for a home EV charger, you’ve likely seen EVSE, which stands for electric vehicle supply equipment. EVSEs are basically EV charging stations — anything that can provide a charge to an electrified vehicle.

Recent Updates:

Updated (12:10 p.m. EDT, 02/03/2023): We have moved the Electrify Home HomeStation to the number-2 position after testing it. All our other recommendations remain unchanged.

Updated (4:43 p.m. EDT, 09/22/2022): Added another shopping option for the ClipperCreek home EV charger. Added more FAQs and information about home EV chargers.

Porsche Is Leading The Charge On Dealership EV Charging

Many dealers already have no-cost 350 kW chargers for Taycan drivers.

Trying to find the fastest electric vehicle chargers can be tedious or even impossible, but what if you could just visit your local car dealership? Many dealers are woefully underprepared for the incoming surge of EVs, and some are actively fighting back against installing chargers. But Porsche is leading the charge with its own branded DC fast chargers and setting an example the rest of the industry would do well to follow. Porsche dealers have quietly started to install chargers, some of which can juice up an EV at speeds of up to 350 kW, and made them free to use. sort of.

CarBuzz noticed that the dealer down the street recently opened two 350 kW plugs, so obviously we were curious about how Porsche plans to deploy them across its 199-dealer network in the US. Porsche Product Spokesperson Calvin Kim gave us the scoop on what to expect from Porsche in terms of EV charging.

These Chargers Aren’t Cheap

An average Level 2 home charger costs around 1,300 in the US (including installation), so it’s hard for the average EV owner to understand how much more expensive it is to install a DC fast charger. Kim told CarBuzz that vary wildly based on a number of variables, including installations costs, but the average cost for a single charging pedestal (not including any other fees) is as follows:

  • 20,000 to 30,000 for a 25 kW charger
  • 50,000 to 100,000 for a 50 kW charger
  • 300,000 to 700,000 for a 320-350 kW charger

Our local dealer said the total installation cost for two 350 kW plugs plus an L2 charger was over 2 million. That’s a considerable investment, especially considering that the 2023 Porsche Taycan, the company’s lone electric model for the time being, can only charge at a 270 kW peak. Due to costs and timing, dealers are opting to install the lower output units as a stop-gap until they remodel to maximize efficiencies, Kim said.

Who Is Using These Plugs?

Our local dealership opted to install its chargers in the parking lot where all of the new and used vehicles sit. Outside of normal operating hours, this area is inaccessible to the public. These chargers are not intended to act as a public charging station since they are not available 24/7, but more as a perk for Taycan owners and a useful tool for the dealer. Most of the charging sessions are done by the dealer for service calls, Kim explained. Customers are not just showing up to use them on a road trip. A vast majority of Taycan owners have access to charging at home or the office.

That being said, these chargers will show up on the Taycan’s Navigation and Charging Planner, meaning they could be exploited by owners. Kim says these chargers are currently available at no cost, meaning Taycan owners can take advantage of quick, complimentary charging sessions if they live near a dealer. Of course, they can also have access to the dealer’s lounge with any food/amenities that might be available. This is an outstanding benefit not just for Taycan owners but a huge opportunity for Porsche dealers to capitalize on their investment.

Huge Opportunity

Porsche doesn’t seem to have a long-term plan for these chargers. The idea is to see what happens, said Kim. The big cost is the infrastructure, so giving away the electricity is a drop in the bucket. These chargers are not technically open to the public, but unlike Tesla’s walled garden of Superchargers, the Porsche-branded units (built by ADS-TEC) can charge any EV that stops by. Tesla is soon opening a portion of its network to the general public, though, so Porsche may want to consider a similar approach.

Since we know many of the salespeople at our local dealership, they are happy to let us get a quick charge in any of our electric test vehicles. They see it as an opportunity to view competitors up close and learn about other EVs on the market, including their strengths and weaknesses. The chargers we use are completely unlocked, meaning we need only plug in and begin charging.

Some dealers require a card that they keep inside to activate a charging session, but Taycan owners on forums report that most locations will be happy to come outside and scan it for you if you call ahead. Our local dealer has even allowed a few non-Porsche owners to charge while they look around. We see this as a massive opportunity for dealers (not just Porsche) to conquest when EV owners come in for a charge. After all, a 25-minute charge session is the perfect length for a Taycan test drive.

Zero Hassle Charging

Not only are the Porsche-branded EV chargers free to use, but they’re far more reliable and easier to use than any public DC fast-charging station we’ve ever tested. A big part of the equation is not being 100% public facing (no payment issues, no broken connectors, less risk of being in use), but Porsche has proven that EV charging doesn’t need to be a huge hassle. Just take out the connector, stick it in the car, and charging commences.

Every once in a while, it fails to initialize because we didn’t quite secure the connector properly, but unplugging it, waiting a few seconds, then trying again seems to solve the problem.

We’ve tested the Porsche chargers on various EVs, including the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, GMC Hummer EV Pickup, Mercedes-AMG EQE, and Volvo C40 Recharge. These all have wildly different peak charge rates ranging from 55 to 350 kW, but the Porsche-branded chargers excel no matter which car we tested. They reach near-peak speeds almost immediately, even without battery preconditioning, and stay there for most of the session. Even after crossing the dreaded 85% mark, we noted the Hummer was still pulling down 87 kW. At 97%, it was still juicing at 22 kW.

Porsche taycan home charger

The Porsche Taycan sees Stuttgart’s famous sportscar manufacturer embrace electric vehicles.The Taycan combines traditional Porsche strengths with a considerable electric driving range and the fastest charging speeds on the market today.

A range of up to 318 miles is available (dependent on model variant), and charging at up to 270 kW on ultra-Rapid DC chargers which will get you from 10-80% charged up in approximately 23 minutes.

How to charge the Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan range uses the CCS charging standard, which consists of a combined AC and DC inlet port. The top portion of the inlet is for the Type 2 connector, which is used when charging at home, or at public slow and fast AC points. Both the upper and lower sections on the inlet are used to carry high power during Rapid DC charging. The Porsche Taycan CCS charging inlet is found on the front flank, behind the off-side front wheel and in front of the driver’s door.

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The Porsche Taycan is able to be slow, fast and Rapid charged from public points, depending on the network and type of charge unit. In most cases, slow charging requires a 3-pin-to-Type 2 cable, and fast charging a Type 2-to-Type 2 cable, one of which is usually supplied with the vehicle. For Rapid charging, the vehicle uses a tethered CCS connector which is part of the charging unit.

The Porsche Taycan uses two charging standards for its inlets – Type 2 and CCS. The Type 2 inlet is used when charging at home or at public slow and fast AC points. The CCS inlet is used to carry high power during Rapid DC charging from a CCS connector.

Charging on AC or DC requires the EV driver to plug the connectors into the correct inlet, after which the car then ‘talks’ to the charging unit to make sure there is a power supply, that there are no faults, and that it is safe to start charging. If charging at home or at a workplace charge point, the vehicle then automatically starts charging.

On a public charger, an activation process is required to initiate charging. Depending on the network provider, this may involve the use of Zap-Pay, an RFID card or a smartphone app, often linked to an account which has been set up beforehand. Contactless pay-as-you-go units are also becoming more common on newer units. Once activated, the units will conduct further connection and account checks before starting to charge the vehicle.

How long does it take to charge the Porsche Taycan

The Porsche Taycan is fitted with an 11 kW on-board charger for Type 2 AC charging as standard. This means that even when connected to a fast charger with a rated output above 11 kW, the Porsche Taycan will only be able to charge at up to 11 kW.

Porsche Taycan models with the larger 93.4 kWh battery are capable of ultra-Rapid charging at up to 270 kW DC, and Taycan models with the 79.2 kWh battery are able to charge at up to 225 kW DC.

The following table shows approximate times to charge the Porsche Taycan. We recommend charging to 80% charge in order to protect the battery and maximise efficiency.

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Note that the times shown are only a guide, as very rarely will an EV need to be fully charged from 0%. Other factors that might vary the charging time include ambient temperature, in-vehicle energy loads, any upper and lower charge restrictions to extend battery life and protect against potential damage, and charging rates slowing down as the maximum charge is reached.

7kW charging to 100% in hours 22kW charging to 100% in hours 50kW charging to 80% in hours
14 8.5 1.5

Use our Home Charging Calculator to estimate charging times for the Porsche Taycan. The level of battery charge, connector power rating, and on-board charger options can be tailored to your requirements for more accurate results.

How much does it cost to charge the Porsche Taycan

The cost to charge the Porsche Taycan is primarily driven by the cost of the electricity, which itself varies by the type of charge point and the efficiency of the motor.

Zapmap monitors the cost of charging on a monthly basis. Our charging Price Index shows the weighted average PAYG pricing, based on real charging sessions for the previous three months.

The table below shows these split by power rating.

Type of charging Price per kWh
Home charging 34p /kWh
Slow/fast charging 48p /kWh
Rapid/ultra-Rapid charging 74p /kWh

In general, home charging provides the cheapest per mile cost and public Rapid charging tends to be around double the cost.

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, our Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required.

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Charging the Porsche Taycan at home

To find the cost and times to charge an EV on a public charge point, our Public Charging Calculator calculates charging costs for any new or used plug-in vehicle. The results can be personalised for different electricity costs and the level of charge required. Charging at home is often the most convenient and cost effective way to recharge an EV. Government grants are available to help accelerate the provision of EV charge points in flats and rented accommodation, and a large number of companies offer a fully installed charge point for a fixed price.

Most home chargers are either rated at 3 kW or 7 kW. The higher powered wall-mounted units normally cost more than the slower 3 kW option, but halve the time required to fully charge an EV. Many plug-in car manufacturers have deals or partnerships with charge point suppliers, and in some cases provide a free home charge point as part of a new car purchase. We recommend shopping about beforehand as there are a number of suitable products on the market.

Charging the Porsche Taycan on the public network

The UK has a large number of public EV charging networks, with some offering national coverage and others only found in a specific region. Major charging networks include bp pulse, GeniePoint, GRIDSERVE, InstaVolt, Pod Point and ubitricity.

Payment and access methods across networks vary, with some networks taking cross-network payment solution Zap-Pay, others providing an RFID card and others a smartphone app to use their services. While most require an account to be set up before use, many Rapid units now have contactless PAYG card readers.

Although some EV charge points are free to use, the majority of chargers require payment. Charging tariffs tend to comprise a flat connection fee, a cost per charging time (pence per hour) and/or a cost per energy consumed (pence per kWh). For more information about network tariffs, visit our public charge point networks guides.

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What It Costs To Charge An Electric Vehicle

In general, it costs less to run an electric vehicle than a comparable internal combustion-powered model. However, depending on how, where, and when you charge an EV, the cost can vary wildly. Charging an EV at home is usually the cheapest way to go, though you may incur some added costs to make the process more efficient. Depending on the type of public charging station you use, replenishing the battery on the road can either be free or surprisingly costly.

Here’s what you can expect to pay to keep an electrified ride running:

At Home

Charging an electric vehicle at home, assuming you have a garage and/or access to the power grid, is the most common way to go. Most models include a basic 110-volt charging unit that plugs into a standard electric outlet via a conventional three-prong plug. Called Level 1 charging, this is the slowest way to replenish an EV’s battery. It can take between eight and as long as 24 hours to obtain a full charge, depending on the model.

It’s well worth it to spend around 250-400 to have an electrician install a dedicated 240-volt line in your garage to take advantage of what’s called Level 2 charging. This can refresh a drained battery in as little as four hours. You’ll also need to purchase an external Level 2 charging unit, which is also called the electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE). A good quality EVSE can cost between 300 and around 1,200, and they come in plug-in and hard-wired varieties. If you’re choosing a wall-mounted unit, expect to pay another 300-600 for installation. On the plus side, you may be able to take advantage of state and/or local incentives for buying and having a charger installed.

As for what you’ll pay in electricity costs to keep a given EV running, you can get a rough idea of what it will cost via the Environmental Protection Agency’s fueleconomy.gov website. It lists energy consumption information for all makes and models for the sake of comparison, and that includes electric cars. Each listing will tell you how many kilowatts per hour (kWh) it takes, on average, to drive an EV for 100 miles, and how much it will cost to drive 25 miles, based on average electricity rates. It also states how much you’ll pay to drive the vehicle for 15,000 annual miles in combined city/highway use.

As an example, the EPA estimates it costs an average of 0.81 to drive a Hyundai Ioniq Electric for 25 miles and 500 to pilot it for 15,000 miles. In contrast, the EPA says the most fuel-efficient version of the 2019 Toyota Corolla costs 2.12 to drive for 25 miles and exacts 1,300 at the gas pump annually.

Importantly, the EPA’s website allows you to customize predicted home charging costs according to the number of miles you drive during a given year, and your per-kWh electric rate.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration maintains a chart of average per-kWh electric rates for all 50 states here. According to the agency’s latest data, Louisiana residents pay the least in the nation for electricity at an average 0.098 per kWh. It costs the most to keep an EV running in Hawaii with an average cost of 0.331 for every kWh. Keep in mind that these are averages, and every local energy provider sets its own rates. Your electric bill likely states what you pay per kWh for energy, though that figure may not include the cost of delivery, taxes, and fees. A better way to figure this is to divide the amount of your total bill with all charges by the number of kWh you consumed in a given month.

If your provider allows billing for electricity based on demand at various times of the day, you may be able to charge an EV in the middle of the night at a reduced rate.

Be aware, however, that no matter what you pay per kWh it will cost more to keep an EV running during the coldest months of the year. Frigid weather negatively affects a battery’s performance and limits its ability to accept a charge. Research conducted by the AAA found that when the mercury dips to 20°F and the heater is in use, an average EV loses around 41 percent of its operating range. It also takes longer to charge the vehicle under frigid conditions. The AAA’s study found that at 20°F with the heater running, an owner will pay an additional 25 for every 1,000 miles driven to keep the battery charged, compared to the cost of running the vehicle at 75°F. An EV’s range is also adversely affected in extremely hot weather to a certain degree, especially with the air conditioning in use.

Level 2 Public Charging

Level 2 is the most prevalent type of pubic charging, and you’ll find units installed in retail parking lots, public parking garages, and new-car dealerships, typically in or near larger cities, college towns, and other areas where there’s a higher concentration of EVs.

Some Level 2 public charging stations can be used at no cost, while others charge a fee. This can either be on a pay-as-you-go basis using a credit card, or via an account with a charging network like ChargePoint or Blink. The cost to charge an EV differs from provider to provider and from state to state. Some states allow pricing based on the kWh of electricity used, while others only allow providers to charge on a per-minute basis. While the ChargePoint network allows the property owner where the charger is situated to set rates, Blink charges between 0.04-0.06 per minute or from 0.39 to 0.79 per kWh, in states where that’s permitted.

Chevrolet says its Bolt EV will get back an average 25 miles of operating range per hour of Level 2 charging. That’s a cost of between 2.40 and 3.60 at the above rates, compared to the EPA’s estimate of 2.15 to drive a gas-powered Chevrolet Cruze for 25 miles.

Level 3 Public Charging

A much less common – but far quicker – alternative is to access a Level 3 public charging station. Also known as DC Fast Charging, it can bring a given electric car’s battery up to 80% of its capacity in around 30-60 minutes.

EVgo maintains the nation’s largest network of Level 3 charging stations in major metropolitan areas, and offers free charging for two years to buyers of the BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf in select markets. Meanwhile, Tesla Motors maintains its own Supercharger network of fast-charging stations across the U.S., though their use is limited to Tesla vehicles. For its part, Porsche will give buyers of its full-electric Taycan three years of unlimited 30-minute charging at Electrify America charging units when it debuts for the 2020 model year.

Unfortunately, while Level 3 is the fastest way to charge an EV it’s also the costliest. As an example, we were recently billed 0.29 a minute for DC Fast Charging in the Chicago area via an EVgo station. (It’s 0.25 a minute for EVgo subscribers.) A 25-minute session that added around 50 miles of added range to a Volkswagen eGolf cost 7.25, which comes out to 3.62 for 25 miles. By comparison, the EPA says it costs an average of 2.26 to pilot the standard gas-powered VW Golf the same distance.

Tesla says it charges an average 0.28 per kWh to use one of its Superchargers in states where that type of billing is allowed. Where per-minute rates are mandated, it’s at 0.26 while cars are charging at or below 60 kW, and 0.13 while cars are charging above 60 kW. As with all types of chargers, rates vary by location and can change periodically.

All of the used EV listings here at MYEV.com provide average per-session costs to obtain a full charge and estimate an owner’s expected monthly cost to keep running.

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