The cost of purchasing and safely installing a Level 2 EV charger can vary significantly based on the parameters of your home, but for general reference, you should expect to spend approximately $2,000-3,000, including the costs of charging hardware, installation, permitting and setup. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the cost of installation: age of house, electrical panel capacity, electrical panel location in relation to where you want to install the EV charger, indoor or outdoor installation, amperage of EV charger, and extent of any necessary drywall cutting, stone drilling, trenching and/or boring.
Not sure what amperage EV charger is best for you and your car, wiring you’ll need, or whether you should pick a hardwired or plug-in installation? We’re experts on this technology and are here to make EV charger installation easy. We’ll ask you a few questions and make sure your EV charger set up fits your needs.
Level 2 Charging Station
Level 2 EV chargers require a 240v circuit—like a clothes dryer—and can charge up to 9x faster than a Level 1 charger, which utilizes a standard 120v circuit. Depending on your electrical infrastructure and capacity you may need to add another breaker, which increases the cost of installation.
Level 2 chargers come as a hardwired unit (wired directly into the electrical panel) or as plug-in unit (plugs into a 240v outlet). The price between these two units are similar.
Within Level 2 chargers, there are different options for charging power (amperage). The higher the amperage the more expensive the unit, but higher amperage units are also the more future-proof.
Parts & Labor
Perhaps the most variable factor in EV charger installation cost, parts and labor costs are largely dependent on electrical panel location relative to your EV charger, electrical capacity, extent that your installation requires cutting drywall, trenching/boring through the yard, and mount type (post or wall mounted).
The price of electrical wire varies depending on length of wire, which amperage your EV charger is, and if you want to future-proof your wiring. High-amperage copper wire can be quite expensive. For safety reasons, electric code requires the rated amperage of electrical wire and circuit to be 125% of the continuous load of the EV charger. Our electricians take safety seriously and always follow the electric codes of each installation’s locality.
Some customers opt to future proof their wiring installation, which can also raise prices. A customer recently requested installation of wire adequate for an 80 amp charger despite only installing a 40 amp charger at the time. This allows the customer to easily upgrade in the future to a higher amperage charger when vehicle acceptance rates increase. Although this extra high amperage wire upgrade cost the customer 3x as much in wire than what would have been required for the 40 amp charger we installed, it could save them thousands when vehicle charging speeds upgrade in the future.
When installing a new circuit for an EV charging station, both commercial and residential installations require a permit. Permitting varies by location, but don’t worry, Effortless Electric takes care of all permitting as part of our installation package. Some localities require a follow-up inspection by a county representative. We’ll let you know if your project will need this.
Average cost breakdown:
Level 2 EV Charger Station
Parts & Labor