• Nov 13, 2012
Shopping for a 240-volt, Level 2 wall-mounted electric car charging unit? Then check out Home Depot's online shopping site, where consumers get to choose a variety of units with prices that start at $749 and top off at $9,815.

Granted, these are very different charging units, with the $749 price point coming from the Schneider Electric EVlink 30 Amp Indoor Electric Vehicle Charging Station 1st Generation – Traditional Model. For $9,815, you can buy the Siemens SEVD2021 Community Dual Level 2 Bollard Mount Commercial Electric Vehicle Charger. This would be ideal for a condo or apartment parking garage, or at a workplace employer-provided charging station.

Over the past year, the Home Depot's charger product selection has climbed from five chargers to 30. Along with Schneider Electric and Siemens, other manufacturers with offerings include Leviton, Evr-Green, Legrand, General Electric, Hubbell and Eaton.

There's only one Level 1 charger and a couple of installation kits to choose from. You can't find a DC fast charger, but those are awful expensive. Asking consumers to spend $749 or more for a home charging unit (and then there's the additional cost of installation) continues to be a touchy issue. After all, a 30-percent tax credit worth up to $1,000 for consumers expired at the end of 2011. Some car shoppers looking for good deals might like to see the cost of charging stations rolled into a car's monthly payment, but this is yet to happen.


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      Vlad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yep, got my Legrand there.
      Spiffster
      • 2 Years Ago
      $750 installed and I'm game.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spiffster
        You can do that now if your installation isn't too complicated (hint, use a local electrician). The SPX Voltec 240V EVSE is $490. http://www.pluginnow.com/content/gm-voltec
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      You aren't going to like this.... : Drillers in Utah and Colorado are poking into a massive shale deposit trying to find a way to unlock oil reserves that are so vast they would swamp OPEC. A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that if half of the oil bound up in the rock of the Green River Formation could be recovered it would be "equal to the entire world's proven oil reserves." Both the GAO and private industry estimate the amount of oil recoverable to be 3 trillion barrels. "In the past 100 years — in all of human history -- we have consumed 1 trillion barrels of oil. There are several times that much here," said Roger Day, vice president for operations for American Shale Oil (AMSO).
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I grew up watching comericals in the '80s during Saturday morning cartoons that promised oil from shale. It made an impression because they set a rock on fire. So it's gotta be close now right? I live in Utah and oil shale is nothing new. It's how do you finishing what mother nature didn't without poisoning the water table? Or doing it cheap enough to make money.
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        And if we produce and burn that all oil, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere will rise to??? Mankind has to drastically limit carbon emissions. It's already "too late", but there's a hell of a difference between adapting to our 395+ ppm world and a 600 ppm world! "Almost 200 nations agreed in 2010 at United Nations climate talks to limit the rise to below 2 degrees C (3.6 Fahrenheit) to avoid dangerous impacts from climate change. ...Carbon intensity will have to be cut by over 5 percent a year to achieve that goal"
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I like it....and this should be a game changer.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Great! We need that oil for uses other than transportation fuels. The global economy depends on oil for plastics, pharmaceuticals, as well as a variety of feedstock chemicals.
        goodoldgorr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The thing that i don't like is that this new petrol is as dirty or more dirty then conventionnal petrol. So pollution will continue to rise. Also in the future, there will be new fuels made synthetically with green algae, co2, water-hydrogen , synthetic natural gas from windmills, that might cost few and pollute less. All in all we will have a lot of fuel but economic growth will increase overall pollution and consumption. If these fuels been sold at low price, then few battery car will be sold and they will postpone hydrogen indefinatelly. I still hope for a breakthru somewhere and the price of everything, if there is a technological breakthru, might go down. Welcome in the realm of economic growth, pollution, congested highway, congested airports, full booked hotels and motels, fully loaded costly parkings, complicated car choices, complicated recharging sheme.
        Spiffster
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I welcome this news, though it may just be an exaggeration and an excuse to drill. The jobs will be welcome, not that we dont have plenty of jobs available already though. (People just wont take them.)
        bluepongo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Expensive to process but still welcome for energy independence.
          ElectricAvenue
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bluepongo1
          Really? Can you pump 15-20 million barrels per day? Starting when? And what is the energy cost of extracting the oil? The oil sands in Alberta supposedly are larger than the reserves in Saudi Arabia, but the current output is 1.5 million barrels per day. The U.S. consumes roughly 20 million barrels per day right now. Don't confuse reserves with production rate.
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The government accountability office estimates that if half the americans had a brain, we would not be able to make broad statements with no specific information and ignore the details of cost and process and everything else that a rational mind would need to evaluate whether a statement is total bunk or whether it had a sliver of truth.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      10 grand for 2 extension cords. It's disgusting how everyone is willing to be leaches on the will of the few good people trying to make the world better. These are not chargers. They are extension cords with a tiny bit of electronics to turn it on and off.
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Someone has to design and build that "tiny bit of electronics" that has to implement the SAE signaling spec and interface with high-power electrical circuits. No manufacturer who's invested money in this nascent market is willing to sell their initial units at a price you like, boo hoo.
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