21 Jan '15, 10pm

A look at the landscape of 240-volt home charging stations for electric vehicles.

A look at the landscape of 240-volt home charging stations for electric vehicles.

EV owners can add about 20 to 25 miles of range per hour of charging with a 240-volt home charging station—officially called Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE)­. Compare this to Level 1 charging at 120 volts from a common household outlet, which only adds about three to four miles in an hour, and you’ll see why an EVSE is a useful complement to your EV. Clipper Creek HCS-40 Many experienced EV drivers put Clipper Creek chargers at the top of their list. In production for more than 15 years, the equipment isn’t the most attractive, but is considered affordable and durable. It has no display or software to go wrong, is compact and has a 32-amp limit and a 25-foot cord. ($590 hardwiring or $644 for plug-ready; 3-year warranty; clippercreek.com) AeroVironment (AV) The slightly less revered AV charging station has about the same specs and footprint as the Clipper ...

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