The total cost of Level 2 charger installation typically ranges from $600-$3,000. The biggest factors that influence cost are:
- EV Charger: You’ll need to determine if you want to purchase a separate wall-mounted EV charger or if you can use the mobile charger that is included with some EVs. Wall mounted EV chargers range from $400-$1,000 and vary in quality and capabilities.
- Wiring: A new circuit will need to be run between your electrical panel and EV charger or 240V outlet. The length and complexity of this wire run impacts costs e.g. if it must be routed through a crawlspace or attic.
- Load Management Solution: Your home needs to have sufficient electrical service capacity and breaker space to safely install an EV charger. If your home has insufficient electrical capacity, an energy management system or electrical service upgrade may be necessary. If there is insufficient breaker space, the existing breakers may need to be reconfigured or a subpanel installed.
- Permit: Most cities require a permit to install a Level 2 EV charger. Permits ensure your family's safety by verifying the installation meets code requirements. Without a permit, homeowners insurance may deny your claim in an accident and you may be ineligible for incentives. Total permit fees range from $200-1,000 depending on city.
Materials for an EV charger installation typically includes a new 50A or 60A breaker, electrical wiring, and conduit. If a wall-mounted EV charger, load management device (e.g. DCC-12), or subpanel are required, these will also be included in your material costs.
Importantly, if the installation is for an 240V outlet, a NEMA 14-50 industrial-grade outlet should be installed instead of a residential-grade outlet. Residential-grade outlet are not rated for continuous high amperage use and present a safety risk.
For estimates, some installers require a site visit fee and charge a fee. Treehouse operates differently. We request photos to inform installation requirements and schedule a virtual or physical site visit when necessary. This is more convenient for homeowners and reduce costs. These savings are passed on to you.
Installation labor costs typically includes 1.5-3 hours of an electrician’s time. An installation may require multiple installers to be on site if a wire run is particularly complex.