Residential Level 2 EV Charger Roundup

Sunday, August 28, 2011 12 comments
Updated: 5/6/12

Looking to get a charge at home?

There are now several choices on the market for residential EV chargers.  The right one for you depends on what you need it to do.

These EV Chargers will charge any car with the SAE J1772 standardized plug which all new cars in the US are using.  If you have Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-Miev, or Chevy Volt, all you need is a 240V 15A device, since these cars only have a 3.3kW/h inverter built in.  Selecting an EV Charger with higher Max Amperage rating will not harm the car.

These EV Chargers are not "chargers" at all...they are safety devices to ensure that you don't get shocked while using it or drive away with your car attached to high voltage.  While they are pricy now (most are about $900 and up depending on features), the more they are sold, the faster they will decline in price...just like EVs themselves.

The cost to install varies with distance to power and difficulty to install.  This can range from real cheap ($200) to very expensive ($1500 to upgrade service and install).  If you buy a networked EV Charger, then you also have to factor in hooking it up to your router too.  In most cases, you'll also have to get them permitted.

See below for a list of scenarios and the complete list of Level 2 EVSE (or EV Chargers)...