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Installation costs an estimated $1,475

The Chevrolet Volt has been a hot topic since its concept debut in January 2007, and it has certainly come a long way since then. General Motors has been providing bits of news about the electric vehicle over time to help EV buyers consider the Volt.

Now, Chevrolet has released information regarding the cost of their Voltec 240V home charging station, which is set at $490Nissan released figures awhile ago regarding their home charging stations, which are set at $2,200 for the 220V including installation. 

The $490 for the Voltec 240V home charging unit was set by SPX Service Solutions, whom Chevrolet has an agreement with. SPX Service Solutions is a national provider of home charging installation equipment and services, and will be selling the Voltec 240V along with several other home charging stations.

Chevrolet notes that this is the most affordable 240V home charging system, and will be beneficial to Volt drivers because it only takes four hours to charge the electric battery from depleted to fully charged with a 240V station as opposed to the standard 120V charge cord, which takes 10 hours to complete the same task.

While Chevrolet's Voltec 240V home charging system is priced at $490, the installation of this system costs approximately $1,475. Though, Chevrolet adds that this price varies upon electrical requirements.  

Electric vehicles have been a popular subject, and with the upcoming release of EV pioneers like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, the interest and curiosity surrounding these vehicles has heightened. Over time, we've watched and waited as both of these EV heavyweights exposed their core features, such as the Volt's 40 miles of electric-only propulsion (which was recently revised to 25-50 miles) with a gasoline engine providing an additional 300 miles, and the Leaf's ability to travel 100 miles on a single charge.

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By BZDTemp on 10/7/2010 1:15:30 PM , Rating: 1
380V is even available at most places (we use it for ovens, washing machines and so).

I imagine the real cost is not so much in the house installations but more in the power grid. Imagine a high rise apartment building with maybe 100-200 cars someday needing electricity every night.

By Nutzo on 10/7/2010 1:24:57 PM , Rating: 3
In the US the standard is 240v 3 wire at the electical panel. This is split to 120v for most plugs, but Ovens, Stoves, Dryers & larger air conditioners usually run on 240v.

By walk2k on 10/7/2010 2:37:50 PM , Rating: 2
Many people already have a 240v outlet in their garage, for an electric clothes dryer. I don't see how it would cost $1500 to install one of these, and I can't see it using more than 15-20 amps, and most newer homes already have 20 (or even 30) amp circuits installed.

Yeah, if your home has 100 years old wiring, and you don't have any 240v appliances anywhere in the house... maybe.

By Spuke on 10/7/2010 6:15:58 PM , Rating: 1
Many people already have a 240v outlet in their garage, for an electric clothes dryer.
If you have a dryer hookup in your garage, you're most likely living in an older home and may not have the capacity to add this charging station without additional service. The cost to add this charging station is pretty reasonable IMO. Out here in CA, upgrading to 200 amp service will cost you ~$2000 or so. I've seen $1800 and $2500 for the upgrade alone. I'd imagine you'll need at least 200 amp service to have a charging station. Any electricians out there know for sure?

By MrTeal on 10/7/2010 6:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt it would require a 200A service, 100A should be fine. If your house is capable of running a 5kW central air unit and a 4kW dryer at the same time, it should have no trouble charging a 16kWhr battery over 4 hours during the middle of the night when your electricity demands go way down.

By Spuke on 10/7/2010 11:19:00 PM , Rating: 1
I highly doubt it would require a 200A service, 100A should be fine.
You run a central air system on 100A service? Usually it requires an upgrade to 200A do that.

By rcc on 10/7/2010 2:52:08 PM , Rating: 2
Power on the poles, or underground, is already much higher, hence the step down transformers all over the place.

If it became necessary, or desireable, the power companies could easily provide 440v or 440 3 phase as they already do for industrial or manufacturing facilities.

By DanNeely on 10/7/2010 7:34:25 PM , Rating: 2
How easy it is to deploy depends on how your neighborhood is wired. Fortunately if you have above ground wiring it's easy enough to tell. I don't know how you'd check if the wiring is burried, but since newer installations tend to push 3 phase farther from the sub station to your home than old ones the odds are probably fairly high that 3 phase is readily available.

If all the transformers on poles are installed in clusters of 3 then you have 3 phase going out to where your house is tied into the grid and adding 3 phase service to your home is relatively simple.

If you have mostly single transformers with an occasional cluster of three here and there every block or three then your house is only connected to a high voltage 2 phase circuit and getting 3 phase installed would require running new wires from the nearest 3 phase line; which might be a block or more away and installing new transformers to step it down from the distribution voltage to the voltage that your residential 3 phase device uses. This can get expensive fast.

Lastly if you only see single transformers, and not any clusters at all then your neighborhood is still only wired with 2 phase from the sub station and unless you're made of money then you can forget anything needing 3phase until your power company decides to completely rewire everything.

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