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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 10/8/2010 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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