Electric vehicles have become a popular option for Colorado residents looking to save money and transition from traditional gasoline-operated vehicles. However, since public EV charging station options are still somewhat limited, many electric vehicle owners are looking to electricians to install their own charging systems in their homes. One of the biggest questions that comes up time and time again is, “How much does it cost to install an EV charging system?” While EV charging station installation cost varies due to what type of system you are looking to install and the labor prices, typically, homeowners can expect to pay as little as $300 or up to as much as $7,000. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the different types of charging stations available and the costs you should expect with each option.
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Types of EV charging stations available for homeowners
1. Level 1 charging station
For Colorado homeowners looking for the most affordable option for EV charging station installation, a level 1 charging station is an excellent place to start. Level 1 charging stations are the slowest but simplest type available for homeowners. Many of these chargers are shipped directly with your electric vehicle and plug directly into a 120-volt AC outlet.
While you don’t need to hire an electrician to use the basic charger, to lessen the power demands that the charger has on your electric bill, a professional electrician can install a charging station that usually will run you around $300 to $600 for the base station and an additional $1000 to $2000 for the labor to install it. One important thing to note about level 1 charging stations is that a full charge on a fully electric vehicle can take up to 3 days. It’s better to consider these chargers if you have a hybrid vehicle – not a fully electric car.
2. Level 2 charging station
For homeowners with fully electric vehicles, a level 2 charging port is the best option for time-saving on charging your car. Level 2 charger installation costs will be higher than a level 1 charging system and can range from $500 to $700 for a single port unit and $3,000 to $5,000 on average for a dual-port option. In addition to the units themselves, an electrician will need to install an electrical circuit for the charging station, and this labor charge is where a lot of the additional costs come in.
The significant advantage to these EV chargers is that electric vehicles can be fully charged overnight without waiting three days as level 1 charging stations require. While level 2 charger installation costs are higher, consider weighing your ability to wait for your vehicle to charge versus the overnight charging option.
In addition to both options, there is a third option called a level 3 charging station. Right now, these are only available for commercial use, but level 3 charging station installation costs range from $20,000 to $50,000 on average, making this option the most expensive of the three types of chargers.
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