If I buy an electric car, how can I charge it, and how much will it cost if I want to do it at home?
Electric cars are becoming more and more common on Australian shores, with over 21,000 electric cars sold to date in 2022 alone.
But when you buy an electric car, how do you charge it and, more importantly, make it work within your daily routine?
While public charging infrastructure is getting better and better, many owners also choose to charge at home.
Here is a guide on the options available for home EV charging and which manufacturers offer a home charge setup.
Wall chargers for your electric vehicle are available with either single- or three-phase power outputs. Single phase is usually around 7kW output, while three-phase can be up to 22kW. Not all houses or apartments are fitted with three-phase power, so it’s best to check before ordering a wall charger for your property.
Wall chargers installed in your home provide AC power and differ greatly from the electric car fast chargers you may find at a rest stop or in a shopping centre.
Public DC chargers are much faster, with most in New South Wales being 50kW. However, ultra-fast chargers can provide up to 350kW of power, charging vehicles suitable for this infrastructure to up to 80 percent within 20 minutes or less.
There are several plugs for charging EVs, however Type 2 and combined charging system (CCS) plugs are most common in Australia.
Transport NSW has a great ‘how-to’ guide on EV charging that you can find here.
Charging output is rated at 11kW and Tesla says that installation could cost between $750 – $1500.
Polestar does not manufacture its own wall charger. Instead, the Swedish brand recommends the services of several wall charge companies such as Jet Charge, EVSE Australia, Chargers Direct and Evolution Australia.
Please see below a breakdown of these wall charger manufacturers.
Recommended installation is through Jet Charge.
The wall box is provided and installed by Jet Charge at no extra cost and is a single-phase charger with a 7kW output.
A three-year Chargefox subscription is also included with the Lexus Encore Platinum membership.
BMW Australia offers its Wallbox Plus that can charge at up to 22kW on three-phase or 7.4kW on single-phase.
We found pricing for BMW Wallbox systems in Sydney for around $1200 excluding installation.
Mercedes-Benz Australia offers a home wall charger supplied by Jet Charge, however it has been extensively tested by Mercedes-Benz and has an output of 11kW for three-phase or 7.2KW on single phase power.
There are several Australian companies that work independently from the car manufacturers to install wall chargers in homes for those who have purchased an electric vehicle.
If the manufacturer does not offer an in-house charging solution, these companies will be able to supply a home wall box for you.
Jet Charge states that it is the official partner for almost every vehicle manufacturer selling electric vehicles in Australia.
Jet Charge offers both single-phase and three-phase charging options for your home. We found the price of a Wallpod with integrated charging cord for $1250. Jet Charge offers a five percent discount if it is installed through Jet Charge.
Another option offered by the charging company is apartment wall box setups, which are becoming increasingly popular. Jet Charge is able to facilitate an installation as well as monitor power usage in a communal building.
Another big player in the EV charging market is EVSE. A range of options are available, however installation bundles are available for around the $1800 mark for a 7.2kW system.
Wallbox is a major player in the electric vehicle charging space and has multiple options available.
The Pulsar Plus is the main charger sold by the company and is available in either 7.4kW or 22kW guise. It’s currently on sale for $1600.
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