In this post, we will give you a range of how much it costs to install a Tesla charger. If you’re reading this, you probably finally took the leap and bought yourself a Tesla – congratulations! But unlike some owners who are content in charging their cars in public or office-installed charging stations, you’re getting a charger installed in your home so that you can charge up whenever needed.
If you live in New Jersey, figuring out the installation cost for a Tesla charger isn’t always straightforward. Prices will vary significantly depending on the local electrical codes and regulations in place and the type of charger you need.
If you’re having an electrician install the charger for you, it can cost anywhere from $800 to around $3,000; again, it’ll vary based on specific rates and other fees. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of obtaining additional permits or approvals before installation begins.
Home Charging Options for an EV.
If you’ve bought a Telsa, Polaris Chevy EXT. You have a few options if you want to invest in a Tesla charger at home or at your office – notably trickle and faster charging. But ideally, you’d want a garage installation of a separate Tesla charger. We’ll delve into the prices and times of charging.
● Trickle charging – This is the least expensive option, requiring an adapter costing around $50 to $100. It’s a basic device that plugs into any standard outlet and charges your Tesla much slower than faster charging methods, usually about 10 to 12 hours. The slow charging is attributed to trickle chargers having a limited power output of 3.3kW, or about 10-15 miles per hour. This Level 1 charging uses the standard 120-volt home outlet.
● Faster charging – This option requires the installation of a hardwired Wall Connector and will cost you more than trickle charging. This charger has a higher power output than the basic adapter, allowing your Tesla to charge faster – up to 44 miles per hour – and is perfect for those who need to charge up quickly. Faster charging is typically done with a 240-volt outlet with a 30 or 50-amp circuit breaker, but the exact power output of your charger will depend on the model you choose. This method charges your Tesla in as little as a few hours, so it’s ideal if you need fast charging capabilities.
How About a Level 2 Electrical Vehicle Charging Station Cost?
Two out of three New Jersey EV owners choose this route. Installing a Level 2 charging station, such as the Tesla Wall Connector or charge point chargers, will cost around $1,000 to $3,000, including installation and wiring costs. With a Level 2 charging station, you’re looking to get about 25 miles of range per hour of charge time. The Tesla home charger alone will cost $500 and then there are extra costs for the wiring, installation, and permits if necessary.
Installation is more expensive than the trickle charger because it requires an electrician to come in and hardwire the charger into your home’s electrical system. Unless you know your way around electrical wiring, it’s best to call in a professional for this job.
There’s also Level 3 charging, but these chargers are usually installed at public charging stations and not in private homes due to the high power required. If you choose to install it in your New Jersey home, it’s still possible but may be expensive.
Charging at Home versus Charging at Tesla Superchargers
If you’re in a hurry and need to charge up your Tesla, it’s possible to do so at one of the numerous Tesla supercharging stations around New Jersey. The charging cost is around $0.26 per kWh, but this does add up if you’re doing long-distance travel or frequent driving.
Installing a charger at home is far more convenient and cost-effective in the long run. Even though it’s an initial investment, you’ll save money over time because of the convenience of not having to make a trip to a supercharging station. With the ability to charge up faster than trickle charging with your own dedicated Tesla charger, you can get back on the road in less time.
A Tesla Charging Station’s Impact on the Electricity Bill
You may be concerned about how the cost of a home charger will impact your electricity bill. Fortunately, charging your Tesla at home is reasonable due to its efficiency and smart charging features.
On average, a home with a newly installed charging station will see a $50 increase in monthly electricity bills. This figure will vary depending on how often you plan to charge up; for instance, if you charge your Tesla daily, the cost might be closer to $70 monthly.
The good news here is that even with this cost increase, charging at home is still more economical than using an out-of-home charging station. One reason is that the latter has higher per kWh rates, being commercial establishments.
Saving Money with an EV and a Charger a Home
The huge potential savings when you switch to a Tesla and install a charger at home is a great benefit. You may have heard people saying that the cost of charging is offsetting the savings, but that’s not necessarily the case. For one, a home charger means fewer frequent trips to the supercharging station, resulting in long-term savings. Since Teslas don’t require the same maintenance as gas-powered cars, you’ll save a lot from servicing costs.
Last Thoughts On an Electrical Vehicle Charger Installation
Installing a Tesla charger is an investment, but you’ve probably considered it even before you decided to buy your Tesla. It makes a lot of sense to go this route whether you’re driving a Tesla in New Jersey or anywhere else, as you expect your car to last longer than most combustion-powered cars. In other words, adding a charger at home means you’ll take advantage of it for the foreseeable future.
If you are thinking about installing an EV charger in your home or at your office, give Gladiator Electric a call. We have been in the business since 2013 and have certified electricians who can help you with your electrical vehicle charger installation.