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If you run an electric car, you may well have considered installing a dedicated charging station in your garage or on the side of your home.
After all, who wants to wait a dozen hours or more for their EV to charge using a standard 110-Volt outlet?
Last year we brought you news that Home Depot offered a small selection of charging stations, and a year later that selection has risen from five units to thirty.
And no, we're not being paid to say that, but the greater selection could be useful for any electric car owner shopping around for a convenient charger. More choice equals better competition, and lower prices.
Well, for some chargers at least.
While wall units are still available (including a Level 1 charger for $699--wait, don't all plug-in cars come with those anyway?...), Home Depot now also offers free-standing units.
Prices run into the thousands for those, but they could be ideal for business owners or apartment complexes wishing to provide charging facilities.
Level 2 wall units begin from $749.99 for a Schneider EVlink 30-amp charger, a model which seems to get plenty of positive reviews.
As ever, we'd recommend you don't tackle jobs like charger installation at home unless you're particularly confident with electrical equipment--some units need to be hard-wired and it isn't a job for the faint-hearted.
Home Depot--and other hardware stores--offer professional installation, so for the sake of your safety it's always wise taking them up on the offer.
You can find the full list of Home Depot's charging stations here.