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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 marvdmartian on 10/7/2010 3:03:45 PM , Rating: -1
Plus, 100 amp service is the breaker box that's existing, not the limit on what the wired coming from the pole are limited to.

Simply branch off from your existing box, with jumper wires that come from the power leads going into your existing breaker box (BEFORE the 100amp main breaker), into a side box, where you could easily set up a 50 amp service (or whatever you want). So long as you branch off before the 100 amp main breaker, you're not affecting your original breaker panel whatsoever.

Then you just run the power lines from the new breaker box to the charging station area. You can put a disconnect there if you wish (similar to what a/c compressors have on the outside of the house), or simply wire straight into the charging station.

Seriously, this isn't rocket science. The cost is coming more from the fact that you're going to have to hire an electrical contractor to do the work. I'd be willing to bet that every state has a requirement that electrical upgrades like that have to be done by a licensed contractor, and you couldn't even pull a permit to do it yourself.

RE: Why so much?
By MrTeal on 10/7/2010 3:19:26 PM , Rating: 3
Jumper off your lines and install a new 50 amp breaker?

Have fun collecting your insurance when you have a house fire. Generally most utilities don't install 50% more copper than is needed just for S&G, if you want to upgrade from a 100A service to a 50A service they most likely will have to string new wire from the pole and install a new meter. Just doing what you suggest would never pass a home inspection.

RE: Why so much?
By Nutzo on 10/7/2010 3:24:12 PM , Rating: 2
It's NOT that simple. It depends on what gauge (size) the wires comming into your house are. If you actually need more then the 100 amp service you currently have, you will likely have to replace the incomming power lines too, otherwise they will overheat and could burn your house down.

On my mom's 50+ year old house, they had to replace the incomming power lines when we installed a central air conditioner because the lines couldn't handle the increased load.

RE: Why so much?
By WW102 on 10/7/2010 3:45:25 PM , Rating: 5
Seriously, this isn't rocket science.

I agree, the people who wrote the NEC were a bunch of amateurs anyway. What do they know. Thanks for the advice.

RE: Why so much?
By sprockkets on 10/7/2010 4:52:17 PM , Rating: 3
Hey, you are like that guy that decided to fix his own a/c. A tech told him the breaker in it was bad. Instead of having the tech fix it, he decided to do it himself.

His wife later found him dead from electrocution.

True story.

What next, you will start advising people to charge their own a/c systems until the big pipe feels "cold"?

RE: Why so much?
By marvdmartian on 10/8/2010 8:27:23 AM , Rating: 2
What next, you will start advising people to charge their own a/c systems until the big pipe feels "cold"?

No, genius, only you. Your reading comprehension sucks, btw. Guess you missed the part where I said, "you're going to have to hire an electrical contractor to do the work", didn't you?

For the rest of the people who responded, I've seen this sort of an addition done in people's houses, by qualified electrical contractors. If the lines from your weatherhead to your breaker box need to be increased in size, it will be an additional cost, but they're not excessively long lines, so it's not like you have to re-wire the house.

For sure, really old homes aren't going to have the wiring set up for a high amperage service.....but then again, they might still be using old glass fuses too, so you're probably due to an upgrade anyways, aren't you?

And if the drop from the pole won't handle the extra load, the power company actually replaces that for you. Can't say if they'd charge or not, but I'm sure they'd be willing to do the work, as your increased electrical bill will make their bean counters happy.

RE: Why so much?
By sprockkets on 10/8/2010 12:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I missed that point because your OP was drowned out by how "simple" it is to just wire up another panel.

Must cost around nothing to do.

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