As governments and manufacturers commit to electric vehicles (EVs) for reliable transportation that is less harmful to the environment, consumers are recognizing the need for roadside infrastructure for charging. Demand has also increased for EV chargers in garages and driveways, as well as individual or collective stations in condo parking areas. Of course, EVs will save users money over time, but even if you don’t intend to buy an EV for yourself, a charger could be a good investment in your home.

However, it’s important to know that charger installation costs can vary from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on available power and other features to be factored into any purchase consideration. You’ll want to understand the various types available and decide which is the best suited to your situation. You’ll need to consider whether multiple vehicle usage capability and security code protection is needed and how you’ll access Wi-Fi if required. You may also want a unit that provides overload regulators to reduce power draw when other household appliances are in use. Finally, depending on jurisdictions, a permit may be required for a licensed installation, possibly with adherence to certain safety regulations such as fire precautions.