EV Charging Station Reviews

EV Charging Station Reviews

All Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are not created equal. We explore some of the more popular brands and their features to help you decide what fits your needs in your garage. A couple things to keep in mind when selecting your home charging station:

  • Output Amperage
  • Cable Length
  • Plug In or Hardwired
  • Size

AeroVironment EVSE-RS

aerovironment-ev-charging-station

Quick facts:

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Hardwire Installation
  • 25Ft Cord
  • Home and Pedestal Use

Review:

Very robust design, indoor/outdoor use. One of the smallest EV Charging Stations on the market so won’t take up much space in the garage. I like the tactile feel of the ITT connector, the simple LED display and the modern round industrial design in a small package. AeroVironment has partnered with multiple OEMs as the preferred suppler for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: Nissan, Ford, Mitsubishi,  BMW, Chrysler/Fiat which are the leaders in the EV Market.

Key notes: AeroVironment is a unique company that offers a nationwide one-day installation service for residential/home charging stations.

 

AeroVironmnet EVSE-PS Plug In

aerovironment plu-in charging station

Quick Facts:

  • 30A Output
  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Plug – NEMA 6-50P
  • 25Ft Cord

Review:

Just like the AeroVironment EVSE-RS, the EVSE-PS Plug-In offers the portability of a Plug. Install wise, the plug-In Charging Station may not be allowed in every municipality, check with your local electrical inspector to confirm before you decide to purchase . The AeroVironment EVSE-PS is set up for both indoor/outdoor use.

Leviton

leviton-electric-vehicle-charging-station

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 16A Output – 3.8kW
  • Plug – NEMA 6-20P
  • 18Ft Cord

Review:

An Electric Vehicle Plug-In Charger offering a robust metal enclosure rated for indoor/outdoor use (NEMA4).  The EV Charging station can be either installed with a plug or hardwired if desired. Of note please check with your local electrical codes prior to installation for outdoor use. I like the metal box and small footprint the charger takes on the wall. The downside is that the cable length is shorter than some in the field and the output is only 3.8kw, perfect for the Plug-In Hybrid driver but maybe not the best future solution for a BEV Driver.

Key notes: The mounting plate and receptacle/cover kit is extra so make sure you add the cost of this into your decision. Advise, opt for the faster charger in the same market price for future proofing.

Siemens

siemens-ev-charging-station

Quick Facts:

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Hardwired
  • 25Ft Cord

Review:

This EVSE: Mixed reviews on Installation, A more descriptive display that tells you what you’re doing, necessary…well no (The vehicle tells you when the Vehicle is charged). Specs look good on paper and this will charge your Electric Car, so what more do you want?

Key notes: 24″ X 24″ X10″ makes this a bit bigger than some of the others wich may stick out a boot from the wall in the area you want walk through. Plastic enclosure reviews have not been good on other sites, you’ll have to make up your own mind on this one.

GE Wattstation

ge-charging-station

Quick Facts:

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Plug – NEMA 6-50P
  • 25Ft Cord

Review:

I’m a fan of industrial design, but this one touted that they had won an award before the Charging Station was on a wall. If you open one of these up you’ll see a lot of empty space and oversized components. The GE Charing Station is very large in size. The black plastic surface and trim ring look good but, as most things black, also look dirty after that cable rests on the Car charger. Some finger pointing between GE and LEAF owners happened awhile back but this has been sorted out:

http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/18/nissan-leaf-ge-wattstation-embroiled-in-charging-damage-shocker/

Key notes: this comes with a plug, but be careful changing that plug to hardwire, you’ll have to start removing components inside. Make sure you can install a plug in your location.

Schneider

Schieder EV Charging Station

Quick Facts

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Hardwired
  • 25Ft Cord

Review:

The Schnieder EVSE offers no frills but good value. Well do you need frills while charging? Or do you just want the Electric Car to be filled up at the end of charge every time? This simple charging station is for Indoor use only, the case is made out of a bit chincy plastic with a metal hanger that doesn’t match the design.

Key Notes: You have to knock out holes in the side for installation. No mounting bracket for this. The cover is made of a thin plastic material. you get what you pay for here. Also available with a customizable faceplate.

Voltec Charging Station 

Volt_Charger

Quick facts:

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Hardwired
  • 25Ft Cord

Review:

Prefered supplier to the Chevy Volt, the Voltec Charigng Station offers a unique industrial design. consult you Voltec supplier for interest in purchasing this unit.

Legrand

Legrand-Electric-Vehicle-Charger

http://www.legrand.us/passandseymour/home-charging-station/l2evse16.aspx#.UeM1sTnhBaU

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 30A Output – 7.2kW
  • Hardwired
  • 25Ft Cord

Review:

A Charging station offering the specifications above.

Bosch

Bosch-Chariging-Station

http://www.pluginnow.com/power-max

  • Level 2 Charging – 240VAC
  • 16A Output – 3.8kW
  • Hardwired
  • 12Ft Cord

Review:

One of the new charging stations on the market, the Power Max EVSE offers many key features at a value. The lowest cost Power max EVSE as has a 3.8kW output and a 12′ cord. This makes the application ideal for Plug-In Hybrid drivers but may not satisfy the time it takes to charge for your Battery Electric folks.

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