For many EV owners, getting an EV charger installed in their garage is one of the first things they think about after purchasing an EV. The installation can cost thousands of dollars, but the good news is that automakers incentivize the process, as do some state and local government programs. In addition, the national average for installation is only about $518 to $1,273, according to HomeAdvisor—though the actual costs could be much lower if you don’t need any wiring upgrades or a special 240-volt outlet.
The best EV chargers can recharge your car’s battery to 80% in a couple of hours, which is plenty for most daily driving needs and allows you to do full overnight top-ups on longer road trips. Some also have built-in timers that let you take advantage of cheaper overnight electricity rates. And some can even communicate with solar power systems, so your EV can only use the “free” energy generated by your home panels at times when you don’t need to plug in to get a full charge.
You want your EV charger to be UL Listed, which is an industry-standard mark of safety based on third-party testing by Underwriters Laboratories. It’s also worth investing in a model that provides at least 32 amps (7.7 kW) of power, as that will allow you to future-proof your garage for any new EVs you may purchase in the future that require more current for fast charging. EV Charger