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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 MrTeal on 10/7/2010 3:00:01 PM , Rating: 2
I wired my (detached) garage a few years ago, and I spent a couple hundred bucks just on wire from my main panel to the subpanel in the garage. Even if your panel is in your garage, I think you'd be surprised by how quickly 6/3 cable, a 240V breaker, a permit, another subpanel if you need it, etc adds up. Toss in a union electrician to install it all and things stop being cheap.

RE: Why so much?
By VahnTitrio on 10/7/2010 4:09:18 PM , Rating: 2
6/3 wire is pretty expensive, but you may be able to get away with 8/3 or even 10/3. 6/3 is just a pain to work with. If you have the extra room in your box then the only problem is running the wire. For good measure I'd probably throw in a disconnect next to the outlet (or somewhere that makes the wiring easier). I'd estimate it at around $100 if it was completely a DIY project.

But hey, at least they aren't using a 150 amp, 480V 3 phase connector. The plug on one of those might as well be a medieval weapon.

RE: Why so much?
By Spivonious on 10/8/2010 3:05:27 PM , Rating: 2
For our new stove, we needed 25' of 6/3. It was by far the biggest cost of the project, and was a pain to run, but that leaves $1350 for the rest of the project.

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