The Best Electric Vehicle Chargers for Your Home
Choosing a home charger for your electric vehicle might sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. Whether you drive a Tesla, Volkswagen, Nissan, or another kind of electric car, these chargers will get the job done.
Installing a charger might qualify you for tax rebates or credits. Check on this before deciding on your charger. If you and your electrician have decided a home charger is a good idea, check out some of these options from Auto Guide.
The JuiceBox Pro electric vehicle charger
The JuiceBox Pro 40 Electric Car Smart Home Charging Station retails for $599 at Walmart. The JuiceBox is made in the U.S. and offers an app to help schedule charging when rates drop. It can be hardwired or plugged into a 14-50R outlet and adapters to work on a regular outlet.
The JuiceBox is a 10kW charge and can be installed inside or outside. The app is compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa for voice control. The cable is 24′.
ChargePoint Home Flex electric car charger
Another option is ChargePoint Home Flex WiFi Enabled EV Charger. This one offers a $1,000 federal tax credit on the $699 cost. It offers flexible amp settings from 16 to 50 and comes in both hardwired and plugin options.
The ChargePoint charger offers 6-50 or 14-50 outlet options. The app allows you to schedule charging and pick the right amp for your home.
Both of the ChargePoint options have a 23-foot cable and can be controlled by Amazon Alexa. This charger can charge up to 50 amps but can be set anywhere from 16 to 50 amps. It is also Energy Star certified and has a three-year warranty.
Siemens VersiCharge home charger
The Siemens VersiCharge has a few models: a Hardwire option, universal, and smart grid. The Hardwire is the cheapest but has to be hardwired into your electrical panel. The Universal option is just like it sounds, fairly universal and most affordable.
The Siemens chargers have an output of 240 volts by 30A, which is 7.2kW. This one does require a 40A circuit breaker. For some vehicles, you can set the charge to delay by a few hours. This one does not have an app for the Universal and Hardwire versions.
All Siemens home chargers have a three-year warranty. At the time of publishing, the Siemens Univseral home charger dropped in price by almost 40% on Amazon from $679 to $412.
Bosch Level 2 charger
The Bosch Level 2 electric vehicle Charger is UL listed and can be used inside or outside. It can be hardwired or plugged into a NEMA 6-50 plug. It shuts off automatically when not in use.
This one is available for $695 for the 40A charger with an 18′ cable. The 25′ cable sets you back $895. Bosch is a well-known brand, even though this is one of the more expensive options. It also has a three-year warranty.
Megear Level 2 electric vehicle charger
The Megear Level 2 charger is one of the more budget-friendly options. It comes in various plug options, but all of them are 16 amp Level 2 chargers. This will get up to 11 miles of range an hour.
The included cable is 25′ long, and the charger itself is waterproof. It comes with a long list of safety features and lights to ensure the charger is working properly.
The Level 2, 240 volts, 16 amp charger with 25′ cable is listed at $199 on Amazon currently. The rest of the variations seem similarly priced as well.