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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 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.

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