Vehicle technology has excelled dramatically in the past few years. The millennium brought in the trend of electric cars, and as we get into 2019, those electric cars have become even more advanced. One of the best parts of having an electric car is being able to drive it on a charge, rather than using fossil fuels. Typically when you purchase an EV, you get a standard 120-volt Level 1 portable charger. They're not the most powerful though, so what other options are out there for a home EV charger? Here you will find a few top picks for your EV charging needs!
One of the cheapest options is the Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp EV Charger. This charger is very easy to use and has lighted indicators on a large surface that makes it highly visible. That being said, the charging unit is a large one, so it is not recommended for tight/small spaces. The price for this charger is $549.99, making it the cheapest option of efficient charging and a popular choice.
A "smart" option would be the JuiceBox Pro 40. This charger is Wifi compatible, making it a dream to operate since it's as simple as picking up your phone. This model comes with a 24-foot J1772 cable and a six-foot input cable with 14-50P plug and is sold as a 40-amp unit. Owners of the JuiceBox Pro 40 have said the wires it comes with aren't the easiest to move around and manipulate. Other than that, this smart charger is ideal. Its cost is only a bit more than the Siemens model, coming in at $579.
If you're looking for a highly rated charger and don't need a lot of bells and whistles, the ClipperCreek HCS-40 is for you. Visually, this charger seems pretty standard and typical, but once you dive into all the reviews from the past 15 years (yep, 15 whole years!), you'll understand it's much more than a bland design. It's been described as durable, reliable, even everlasting. No need to sit through long unnecessary automatic updates because there's no software in the charger. Just a 32-amp limit, a 25-foot cord, and the option for a NEMA 14-50 or 6-50 plug. The price on these is $565 for the HCS-40 and $589 for the NEMA option.
Advancements in home charging options for electric vehicles seem to get updated every year, whereas some companies keep a good thing going strong with a simple but effective charging station. Whatever option you decide is best for your home and EV, make sure you have a professional electrician check to make sure your outlet can handle the output for your home charger. This will ensure the safety of your home, vehicle, and most importantly you and your loved ones!
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