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Leviton Announces $1,049 DIY Install Electric Car Charging Station

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Leviton Level 2 Electric Car Charging Station

Leviton Level 2 Electric Car Charging Station

Electrical supply firm Leviton Manufacturing announced yesterday that it was now accepting orders for its $1,049 EVB22-3PM Level 2 charging station. 

Designed to provide up to 3.8 kilowatts to charge electric cars like the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt, the Leviton unit can be installed without any permanent modifications to a home’s electric wiring, and is a lower-powered version of the chaging station Leviton developed for Ford's 2012 Focus Electric. 

Unlike other electric car charging stations we’ve seen, the unit comes with a short 220V plug which enables it to be installed and used wherever an available 220V outlet already exists. 

Ideal for those who want to own an electric car but are unable to make modifications to their home such as renters, the unit can also be easily removed from its wall-mounting bracket, turning it into a portable but bulky mobile charging station. 

While the Level 2 charging station from Leviton is no cheaper than other electric car charging stations we’ve seen recently, it does do away with unhidden and costly installations charges for those with existing 220V power outlets in their garage. 

Leviton Charging Station Pre-Wiring Kit

Leviton Charging Station Pre-Wiring Kit

For those who don’t have a suitable power supply already in existence, Levition sells an pre-installation wiring kit for $80, complete with everything Leviton says is needed to install its charging station. 

We’re also pleased to see that Levition is actively encouraging DIY fans to install their own charging stations without the expense of employing expensive and approved charging station installers. The firm has even produced its own typical shopping-channel style infomercial detailing how to go about installing its unit in a home. 

Of course, for any DIY installers there is a caveat.  Laws governing who can work on home electrical systems vary from state to state, and you should check what the law is in your area as well as fully understand Leviton’s instructional videos before you attempt a DIY installation. 

For those looking for a charging station that doesn’t permanently mount, this new unit could be for you, but make sure you have all new circuits officially inspected to ensure they  comply with local building and electrical codes. 

 

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Comments (10)
  1. 3.8Kw is enough to recharge enough to live with day-to-day. As a rule of thumb I've found that multiplying the KW rating by three gives you the re-charge rate in Miles-per-hour, so, in this case about 12mph or 100+miles overnight.
     
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  2. A step in the right direction, but from what I have seen in other reports of what is actually IN these things, it is still very hard to justify a price in excess of $1000 for the hardware. This is a line of hardware that should and will be priced more like $150-200 as soon a volume and more competition emerges. IMHO, of course.
     
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  3. EXactly right - another reason the Feds are throwing our money away subsidizing at non-competitive prices.
     
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  4. agree with you 100% George. i did not buy the 240 volt EVSE mostly because my electrician friend said he could do much better for $500. as it is, i have the 240 votl 12 amp EVSE mod ($278) and a $43 meter (shipping included) with $12 worth of parts from Lowes. granted charges a bit slower but still gets me a full charge overnight (most times charging is done before 3 am) and that is all i need
     
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  5. 3.8 KW is pretty miniscule - a mere 15 amps or so.
    All your 240 circuits are dedicated, either 30 or 40 amps. But I believe you need to not exceed 80% for
    constant draw, making 24KW from 30amps possible, I think.
     
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  6. That is a NEMA 6-20 outlet in the prewire kit, which accepts a 15 or 20 amp plug. Very similar to a conventional household outlet but 240 volts. These are commonly used for window air conditioners.

    Ramon must be thinking of the NEMA 14-40 and 14-50 outlets that are used for clothes dryers and kitchen stoves. Those are much larger. Or maybe he is thinking of welding outlets (I don't recall the designator).

    George, what makes you think that a connector rated for 10,000 cycles under harsh conditions and sophisticated high power safety electronics in a explosion proof box (required for UL approval due to gasoline fumes in garages) is going to come down in price so fast when quantities are small? Should they skip safety like Nissan does?
     
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  7. Jim,
    From what I have seen as to the actual "internals" of these EVSE units, there is simply not that much complexity there to justify such pricing. My first laser printer, black only, 3 ppm, 300 dpi was $1400, now they are less than $60 with better specifications, same for notebook computers, etc. Pretty much anything electronic/electrical comes out at "YIKES" pricing and then drops. I still have a 1 gb compact flash format "microdrive" that cost $500. Now we get memory at more like $2/gb. Just projecting from past "electronics."
     
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  8. Will there be a weatherproof version for those of us without an enclosed garage?
     
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  9. At that price it will already be weatherproof. Most EV chargers on the market are weatherproof.
     
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  10. I am very surprised this is legal. I understood that only wired in designs were legal.
     
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