What is a Home EV Charging Station?
An electric vehicle charging station is a piece of energy supply equipment necessary to replenish the power of an electric vehicle. This charge will replace the gasoline used for traditional gas powered vehicles and will allow the electric car a designated amount of miles to travel before the next charge. The amount of miles before recharging depends on the vehicle itself, the amount of time you charge it for, and the type of charging station used. On average, a full charge will get an electric car around 250 miles, but certain brands such as Tesla will get closer to 350 miles. There are several different types of EV charging ports on the market. Some EV charging ports are designed for commercial use such as in parking lots and some are meant for residential use.
There are 3 levels of EV charging ports.
Level 1 Home EV Charging:
A level 1 charging port is the standard charging equipment that should come with the electric vehicle. These chargers can simply be plugged into any standard 120V outlet. These typically supply enough of a charge to power the car for around 250 miles in 43 hours of charging.
Level 2Home EV Charging:
Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment is an upgrade from the level 1 EVSE because they charge the vehicle up to 7 times faster depending on the car and charger. These typically deliver about 250 miles worth of power to a car in 11 hours. The level 2 charging stations require a 240V outlet and are usually installed at a residence or commercial area by an electrician.
Level 3Home EV Charging:
Level 3 EV charging stations, also called DCFC or DC fast chargers, are even more powerful and efficient than the level 2 chargers, but typically are only installed in commercial settings. Level 3 charging ports can get a car just about 250 miles of charge in only an hour. All electric vehicles are compatible with level 1 and level 2 chargers, but not all can handle level 3. Upgrading your home charging station from a level 1 charger is very common for electric car owners. The upgrade makes charging much more convenient and practical.
Where Home EV Charging Stations Stand Now
In the United States, the number of electric car sales rose from a few thousand in 2010 to over 315,000 sold annually from 2018 to 2020. With electric vehicles popularity rapidly rising, home charging stations are becoming more widely available with an increasing range of options.
Some brands that are currently at the top of the home EV charging station market include
- SemaConnect / SemaCharge
- Electrify America
- ZEF Energy
- OP Connect
- GE WattStation
- Tesla (exclusive to Tesla vehicles)
- Sun Country Highway
- and Astria
Most of these brands are readily available for purchase. The typical price point range of an electric vehicle charging station in 2021 not including installation is $400 to $2,000, depending on the level of the charging station. An EV charging station is an investment that will end up paying for itself with the savings from no longer needing to buy gasoline.
What to Expect in 2022 in the EV market
Electric cars and their charging supply equipment counterparts are still relatively new to the auto industry. However, since electric vehicles are currently one of the fastest growing markets, electric vehicles are becoming more affordable as their popularity rises. Electric cars will soon be very comparable to the price of gas powered cars and accessible to the majority of Americans in the market to purchase a car. It is predicted that by the year 2030, 32% of all cars sold in the United States will be fully electric. Many auto manufacturers have plans to produce electric vehicles with increased mileage per charge and reduced charging time in the near future. The future is inevitably electric, so it is great you are thinking about it now.
The ability to charge your electric car right from your own home is something that will make life much easier. Electric car owners who have installed a home EV charging station rave about this decision and say they now cannot even imagine life without one. It is important to do your research and choose the best option for you. With 55 years of electrical experience, Santella Electric has a team of knowledgeable professionals that will help you make these decisions with confidence and will install your new home EV charging station quickly and seamlessly.