• Oct 6th 2010 at 12:00PM
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Sure, the sticker price for the 240V Voltec home charging unit designed to quickly and efficiently recharge the Chevrolet Volt is a wallet-friendly $490, but this is a case where reading the fine print is important. That's because the cost to install this charger in your garage is slightly more. General Motors estimates that installation of the Voltec unit will cost you around $1,475, so we're talking about a near $2,000 premium to have your Volt suck down electrons faster than it would if just plugged into a wall.
The Volt can charge just fine from a standard outlet and comes with a 120V-to-J1772 charger. Using that method will take around ten hours to reach a full charge from empty, while using 240V charger Voltec charger will cut that down to around four hours. For people who have short commutes or plan to leave the Volt plugged in every night, a 240V system might be overkill since the Volt has a gasoline-powered generator on board to extend its range should the electrons dry up.

The Voltec system's $2,000 overall cost, however, is in line with the Aerovironment 240V charge station for the all-electric Nissan Leaf. Nissan says that charger will cost $2,200 installed, though Leaf fans began complaining that Nissan was forcing owners to use just one installer and the automaker has since pointed out that there are cheaper alternatives available.

Of course, there are ways to get free chargers (i.e. luck out and live in place with local incentives or be one of the first Volt buyers), but most people looking to add a Volt to their garage will need to cough up an extra $2,000 to receive quick-charging functionality. For an in-depth look at Chevrolet's Volt chargers, click here.

[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE

Chevrolet Volt's 240V Home Charging Unit Priced at $490

2010-10-06

DETROIT – Chevrolet has an agreement with a supplier to offer Chevrolet Volt owners one of the most affordable 240V home charging units on the market. Priced by SPX Service Solutions at $490 before installation, Chevrolet's "Voltec" 240V home charging unit is one of several 240V home charging units that will be offered for sale by SPX Service Solutions, a national provider of home charging installation services and equipment.

The Voltec 240V home charging unit can charge the Volt's battery from depleted to charged in about four hours, compared with 10 hours with the standard 120V charge cord that plugs into a household outlet. Installation of the Voltec 240V charging unit is estimated at $1,475 but can vary based upon electrical requirements.

In addition to Chevrolet's Voltec unit, SPX will sell a variety of home charging stations and manage all aspects of installation for Volt owners, including the home survey, installation, permitting, Department of Energy and utility coordination, and identification of available programs and incentives for reduced charging rates
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      • 1 Year Ago
      COME ON GUYS! PERMITS?, CERTIFIED ELECTRICIANS? B/S FOR SURE. ANY UPRIGHT STANDING MAN WITH A TOOL BOX CAN DO FOR ABOUT THE PRICE OF A NEW 2 POLE 20 AMP BREAKER ($ 30.00) A ROLL OF #12/2 WITH GROUND ROMEX ($50.00) AND 2 HOURS IN BETWEEN FOOTBALL GAMES ON A SUNDAY AND DONE.
      clipsinite
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone futureproof their homes anyway by installing an additional 240V outlet in their garages in addition to their kitchens and laundry rooms. Just saying. It's something that should be added to building codes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @clipsinite
        Our current construction has two 240V circuits in the garage and enough solar panels to drive us around for free. Not sure which will come first, the move in date or our Leaf.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the high installation cost just to install a 240v circuit? If so, is the circuit required just a standard 40 amp 240v circuit? If so, a reasonably competent do-it-yourselfer ought to be able to do this relatively easily, particularly if your breaker box is in or close to your garage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, this looks like the cheapest "charger" around. Leviton is yet to announce the price - I'd be surprised if they are not competitive with this price.

      As for installation, contact your loacl electrician - most of them will do it for a couple of hundred if your install is simple. Or you can do it yourself, if the local laws allow.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are the specs?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What everyone has to think about for the installation:
      Pemit from local authority.
      Do I have space in my electrical panel. Do I need an upgraded electrical panel.
      Am I going to want separate metering for off peak charging.
      License and Insurance for contractor doing Installation.
      Does the car manufacturer warranty cover poor installation of chargers?
      Surge Protection ( built in charger or external )
      Electrical contractor ceritified by charger manufacturer (Leviton Certified)(Eaton Certified) Aeroviorment Certified)

      Just some questions to ask yourself, EV's are an expensive investment is it worth a six pack and your cousins sister boyfriend that wired an outlet in his trailer a good investment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So can I buy this, install it, and use it to charge a Leaf? They are interchangeable J1772 chargers, right?

      Screw Nissan/Aerovironment and their $2000 charger.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The charger alone for the Leaf is not $2k, but charger + installation is $2.2k, just like how charger + installation for this one is also $2k.

        The Nissan/Aerovironment charger is a bit more expensive at about $700-800.

        All J1772 level 2 chargers should be interchangeable though, which is is why a lot of Leaf buyers are considering third party ones.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Complete bullshit. Drove a full-electric 2002 RAV4EV for 2 years, installation of a 4-wire 240V plug cost me $300.

      http://blog.geeklimit.com/2006/05/09/i-drive-a-30k-80mph-166mpg-suv
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shop around and offer cash and a case of beer! I will bet the 1475 drops to $350 plus materials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1400 to install ?????
      Some conduit, wire and a breaker seems is all that is needed.
      Sounds like a complete ripoff, especially if your breaker box is near the garage.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A 240V charger for the Volt is pointless 90% of the time - the included 120V charger would provide sufficient charge, and if you don't quite get enough charge it has an engine :)
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