EV owners can add about 20 to 25 miles of range per hour of charging with a 240-volt home charging station—officially called Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Compare this to Level 1 charging at 120 volts from a common household outlet, which only adds about three to four miles in an hour, and you’ll see why an EVSE is a useful complement to your EV.
Many experienced EV drivers put Clipper Creek chargers at the top of their list. In production for more than 15 years, the equipment isn’t the most attractive, but is considered affordable and durable. It has no display or software to go wrong, is compact and has a 32-amp limit and a 25-foot cord. ($590 hardwiring or $644 for plug-ready; 3-year warranty; clippercreek.com)
The slightly less revered AV charging station has about the same specs and footprint as the Clipper Creek, but a nice wraparound cord-handler. Options include a plug-ready version, a 25-foot cord, and full-service installation. ($799 to $999; 3-year warranty; evsolutions.avinc.com)
This unit has a nice style, and is compliant with all of the major EVs on the market. It comes with an 18-foot cord; if you want it with a 25-foot cord, you’ll pay about $150 more. Purchase includes a free consultation with a vehicle-charging advisor who does onsite cost estimation, then works on installation and inspection. ($593/$749; 3-year warranty; pluginnow.com)
Attractive, but pricey, some users think it’s too big or too loud. The on/off button avoids a phantom load, while other EVSEs—especially those with connectivity—continue to use energy. At 16 feet, the cord for this unit is slightly shorter than most. Make sure it reaches all the way around your electric car. (From $599; 3-year warranty; bit.ly/GEwattstation)
The base price for the Premium Assembled Unit of this open-source EVSE is below most others, and includes a 6-foot input cable with 14-50P plug. This California-manufactured 60 A charging station includes a 25-foot cable for 32 A charging. Its open-source flexibility is built around an Arduino microcontroller, ready to adapt with special displays, Wi-Fi, remote control, or other modifications being dreamed up by the developer community. ($438 or $508 with a 60 A charger cable; 1-year warranty; emotorwerks.com)
Priced competitively while earning high marks from EV drivers, the EVlink’s low profile and small size mean it takes up little room. It comes with an 18-foot cord, docking port, and cable holder. This unit is available from big box and online stores. ($599; 1.5-year warranty; schneider-electric.us)
This reasonably priced 30 A charger gets high ratings from consumers. It is German-built with a high-quality finish, good cable management, and is smaller and lighter than some competing products. Its 20-foot cord is adequate, and includes a function to delay charging to utilize off-peak utility rates. The hard-wired model cannot be installed outdoors. ($699 for the universal model—plug-in; 3-year warranty; bit.ly/VersiCharge)