When considering the installation of an EV charger at your home, it’s crucial to understand your EV charger installation options. In this guide, we’ll explore various EV charger installation options, their associated costs, and necessary upgrades to ensure a future-proof setup.

Option 1: Standard EV Installation without System Expansion

  • Peak Load Usage Report: This report measures the maximum amount of electricity your home uses at any given time. It is a requirement from the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) to ensure your current electrical system can handle the additional load of an EV charger. We obtain this report from your hydro provider and submit it to the ESA on your behalf.
  • ESA Approval: We handle the approval process with the ESA to confirm that your system can safely support the EV charger.
  • Installation: Once approved, we proceed with the installation of a standard Level 2 (L2) EV charger.
  • Cost: $500 – $1500 Does not include the cost of EV charger.

This option is suitable for homes that do not require an electrical service upgrade to accommodate the EV charger installation.

Option 2: Install an EV Electronic Management System (EVEMS)

  • Load Monitoring: The EVEMS monitors the load coming into your home and controls the EV charger if the load is too high.
  • Cost-Effective Solution: Ideal for homes that would otherwise require a service upgrade. The EVEMS provides a workaround to avoid the higher cost of an immediate service upgrade.
  • Interim Solution: This is a temporary measure. If you add more high-power appliances or systems in the future, a full-service upgrade will eventually be necessary.
  • Cost: $1500 – $2500 Includes materials, EVEMS, and our labour. Does not include the cost of EV charger.

Option 3: Service Upgrade + Standard EV Installation

  • Service Upgrade: Upgrade your electrical service to 200 amps, which involves coordination with utilities and the ESA, as well as a panel upgrade.
  • EV Charger Installation: Install a standard Level 2 EV charger after the service upgrade.
  • Cost: $2500 – $5000 Includes materials, service upgrade, and our labour. Does not include the cost of EV charger.

There are many factors that influence the overall cost of EV charger installation, which is why there is a large variance in pricing. These factors can include the complexity of the upgrade, the condition of your existing electrical system, the layout of your home, and any additional work required to meet code requirements. We recommend discussing your specific situation with our team to get a precise quote.

Making the Best Decision

At Blais Electric, we are committed to offering future-proof solutions, ensuring your home is equipped for long-term needs. While some options may have a higher upfront cost, they save you money and time in the long run by preventing the need for repeated upgrades. We believe in doing it right the first time, providing you with a reliable and lasting solution. For a comprehensive guide on the benefits of electric vehicles and home installations, visit our post on installing electric car chargers at home.If you have any questions or need further assistance with EV charger installation options, our team at Blais Electric is here to help. Contact us to schedule a consultation or to get a detailed estimate tailored to your specific needs.