Electric cars are gaining popularity in Australia, with sales skyrocketing from 6,900 units in 2020 to 20,655 units in 2021. As more homeowners embrace this technology, they are wondering how to upgrade their homes for electric vehicle charging and how much it will cost.

To help homeowners understand the requirements and costs of installing a personal electric vehicle charging station, here are some key questions answered:

1. Do I need a commercial/three-phase power supply for my electric vehicle?

Not all homes have three-phase power, but that’s okay. Most single electric vehicle homes don’t require it. Newer electric vehicles can make use of load-sharing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and charging apps, which allow for hassle-free charging without the need for three-phase power.

2. How much does it cost to install an electric vehicle charging station at home?

The installation cost varies depending on factors like the size and type of home, the age of the building, the presence of an existing power supply, the location of the charger, and additional installations like solar panels and electrical storage batteries. Basic Mode 2 chargers that come with the car can be connected to a standard wall plug, but they charge slowly. For optimal charging, it’s best to have a quality installer set up the charging station in your garage.

3. Do I need a qualified installer for the electric vehicle charging station?

Yes, the installation must be done by a licensed and experienced electrician. They will inspect your existing electrical system, determine if it can handle the EVSE, and provide you with a written quote and details on warranties. An experienced electrician will ensure your EV charges efficiently.

4. How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle at home?

Charging an electric vehicle at home costs between $0.15 and $0.30 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which is about half the cost of public charging stations. For small EVs, a full charge can cost between $7.00 and $15.00, while longer-range electric vehicles may cost between $11.00 and $25.00. On a per kilometer basis, electric vehicles offer great value compared to conventional vehicles.

Installing an electric vehicle charging station at home not only provides convenience and faster charging times but also offers cost savings and increases property value. As electric vehicles become more popular in Australia, more car manufacturers are introducing fully electric models to the market. To maximize the benefits of electric vehicles, it is recommended to install an EVSE at home.

If you require assistance with your electric vehicle charging station installation, contact Omega Services today.