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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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RE: Why so much?
By Nutzo on 10/7/2010 2:52:48 PM , Rating: 2
The battery is rated at 16KW, but they only use 8.8KB to make it last longer.

If it takes 4 hours at 240 volts to charge the 8.8KW, then they are drawing less than 10 amps. This shouldn't be a problem for most homes built in the last 30-40 years.

RE: Why so much?
By axeman1957 on 10/7/2010 3:47:15 PM , Rating: 1
you assume charging a battery is 100% efficient

RE: Why so much?
By bobsmith1492 on 10/7/2010 5:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
Li-ion have 99.99% Coulombetric efficiency, so the power conversion from AC to DC is the main source of power loss.

RE: Why so much?
By sorry dog on 10/7/2010 8:32:41 PM , Rating: 2

so why do Li-on batteries get warm when charging?

...but I'm sure that another type of efficiency not named for dead French guys.

RE: Why so much?
By Spuke on 10/7/2010 11:13:30 PM , Rating: 1
so why do Li-on batteries get warm when charging?
From what I understand, the chargers are typically rapid charge types that blast them with higher voltage to get them to around 70% in a short period of time. That's why the batteries feel warm. If they were on a long charger, they should not feel warm unless there's a problem. Rapid or long charging is typically not advertised.

RE: Why so much?
By Jedi2155 on 10/7/2010 11:14:05 PM , Rating: 2
Its probably closer to 95% efficiency depending on the chemistry but its still a very efficient type of energy storage.

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