Tesla cars are incredible electric vehicles that have impressive ranges and performance specs. But one thing Tesla has not seemed to manage yet is the convenient charge, with owners required to either charge at a Tesla station or wait hours on end to charge their Tesla through a standard outlet at home. This all changed with Tesla’s new Gen 3 Wall Connector charging station, offering more power to Tesla owners at home. But is the cost of Tesla’s newest home charger really worth it?
The home charging system
Tesla vehicles have traditionally been charged using one of two methods. A 120-V adapter comes included with every Tesla, allowing the EV to be charged from home. But using a standard household outlet to charge your Tesla means it will most likely need to stay plugged in overnight to receive a full charge. Fast-charging stations are also available, but only in commercial settings. This means owners can get a charge in 20 minutes, just without the convenience of it being at home.
Owners of Teslas have had no in-between option for charging their vehicles, but Tesla’s latest Gen 3 Wall Connector is aimed to change that. According to Electrek, the Wall Connector is designed to sit between the current Level 1 and Level 3 options, as a Level 2 “home charging station.” This new charging option allows owners the convenience of pumping more power into their Teslas without needing to leave home, but unlike the other free options, it will cost you.
What does the Tesla home charger cost?
After experiencing the differences between charging at-home and charging at a Tesla station, it’s easy to see why owners are drawn to an improved at-home charger. And the convenience of being able to charge your car at your own home quickly makes the hefty price tag seem more reasonable to most. According to Tesla, the newest Gen 3 Wall Connector costs $500 and can charge a Tesla “up to 44 miles of range per hour.” Compatible with the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y, the Gen 3 uses a much larger 240-V adapter to put out a maximum of 48 amps.
Aside from general quickness in charging, the newest wall connector also features customizable power levels, a choice between 8.5 and 18-inch cables, a tempered white glass faceplate, Wi-Fi connectivity, and compatibility for both indoor and outdoor installation. Although the Gen 3 Wall Connector is compatible with any home’s electrical system, it will certainly cost more than $500 to take advantage of its extra power, however.
How expensive is it to charge your Tesla at home?
Unfortunately for owners, the convenience of the Tesla Wall Connector doesn’t just stop at $500. And this is something that many people may not immediately think of when considering a home-charging station. As the Gen 3 requires a 240-V outlet, you’ll most likely need to hire an electrician to install it. Most homes use a standard 120-V outlet, so an electrician will need to upgrade the outlet. Of course, nothing is that simple. Installing a 240-V outlet may require rewiring, work on the electrical panel, and even an upgrade to the entire electrical system, in some cases. This can become extremely costly.
According to Home Guide, installing a Tesla charger station can cost an average of up to $1,700, but if extensive electrical work is required, it could cost up to $5,000. This may not even include the cost of hourly labor. The Gen 3 may help fill your battery four-to-six times faster than the standard charger, but it could also add an extra $25-$35 per month to your electric bill.