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Chevrolet Volt  (Source:

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 theapparition on 10/7/2010 3:41:51 PM , Rating: 2
Think he was referring to actually installing a 220V line to power the charging station.

Just to have an electrician come to your house to install a 220V line can indeed cost close to $1500 (depending on situation).

I don't think you need any more installation other than plugging this charging station into a 220V outlet, something that very few people have in their garage.

Now, if you're over your service amperage, as you said, it's not going to be a pretty bill. But then again, you'd have to make the cost/benefit decision to see if it makes sense. Right now, the entire Volt fails that test for many, much less adding a separate charger.

RE: Why so much?
By theapparition on 10/7/2010 3:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
But another note, it is illegal in most locations to sell a house with any wiring that hasn't been inspected by a licensed electrician.

Your allowed to do your own wiring as long as it meets code, but if you sell, you generally have to disclose that and get it inspected.

RE: Why so much?
By Spuke on 10/7/2010 6:02:54 PM , Rating: 2
He asked why it cost so much then went on to say all you have to do is run a wire. I said it's more than just running a wire.

RE: Why so much?
By Samus on 10/7/2010 11:14:19 PM , Rating: 2
It'd cost about $1500 to run to my garage, especially if they went underground. I only have 120v going out there and no additional wires in the conduit, so it'd be a big project. Garage is detached and about 100' from the meter.

RE: Why so much?
By Spivonious on 10/8/2010 3:00:39 PM , Rating: 3
Electrical inspection runs $40-$100 in my town, depending on the size of the job. My breaker box is in the garage, so it would be trivial to run a 220V line to a new receptacle for the charger. I could do it myself for <$200 including inspection. I ask again, where does this $1500 figure come from? Even someone who has done zero electrical work could get this done in less than an hour.

RE: Why so much?
By theapparition on 10/11/2010 10:26:53 AM , Rating: 2
Because GM wasn't reporting for your specific house using your labor rates.

Get a licensed electrician out to your house to quote you that job. Bet it's somewhere near $700 for them to install, and that's a trivial installation. If the breaker box is nowhere near the garage, prices can skyrocket.

But please keep in mind that GM has to report what an average PROFESSIONAL installation will cost. Not a DIYer. You can install a 220V line for under $200 easily, and I've already installed multiple 220V lines in my garage and workshops (metal shop and separate wood shop behind garage) off of 300A service. But that's not the point. We are talking about people who can't set the time on thier frickin VCR (old reference) and you expect those worthless sacks of flesh to then install electrical lines. LOL

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