Charging your car at home is one of the great benefits of electric car ownership.  You can plug in your EV in the evening and wake up to a fully charged battery in the morning.  Once you’ve experienced this luxury, you’ll never want to go back to a gas station again.

Installing a home charging station can be filled with unexpected costs, ambiguous information and flaky contractors.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Hiring a qualified experienced electrician in Frankston can simplify the job and make it an easy task

Home Charging Stations

There are three basic charging speeds or levels for electric vehicles.  Level 1(slow), Level 2 (medium) and Level 3(fast).  Charging times can vary between 30 minutes and 24 hours depending on the power source.

Level 1 – This method uses a standard power cable plugged into a wall outlet to generate 2kW.  This can take about 20 hours to charge a standard 40kWh battery.  This level is best for hybrid vehicles and infrequent drivers

Level 2 – These home chargers produce between 7.5kW and 22kW. These chargers are installed by an electrician and charge your vehicle overnight.  These are the most common types of charging stations installed in Australian homes.

Level 3 – These chargers deliver up to 50kW an hour.  These are found at EV public charging stations.

The size of your vehicle battery also plays a role in determining how much charging capacity you need and how long it will take to charge your vehicle


Most Australian homeowners will pay between $1,000 and $3,000 to purchase and install a good 240-volt charging station.  The price charged by the electrician for his work will vary based on a) the cost of labour where you live b) the power of the charger c) the distance between the electrical panel and the charging station and d) the complexity of the job.

Exceptions to this are going to happen. If the electrical panel does not have room for a new 240-volt circuit requiring a new electrical panel it can add several thousand dollars to the job.  If the wires leading to your home can’t deliver enough amperage to accommodate a charger in addition to your existing electrical load.  This can get extremely expensive and can stretch the installation timeline by months.


The Australian government is encouraging electrical vehicle purchases with rebates and incentives to encourage reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Useful Features

Here are some features that have been proven to be useful, that you should consider.

A 20-ft or longer power cord gives you flexibility in where to park your vehicle for charging

A smart charger tracks energy usage during each charging session and can calculate the cost of the electricity used.  Smart chargers can also schedule your charge to start when electricity rates drop due to time-of-use programs.

Keep in mind that when it comes to charging at home, speed isn’t all that important.  If our vehicle is parked eight to twelve hours a night you should have no problem waking up to a fully charged vehicle.  

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