EVs can also be charge at public stations currently being installed across the country, including in Bloomington-Normal. For more information visit Public Charging.
The first step is to have a licensed electrician perform an assessment at your home. They will be able to identify the scope of work needed to accommodate the charging equipment. In extreme cases, an electric service upgrade to your home may be required. In that case, your utility company may have to perform work required to supply the additional electric load. Your licensed electrician should be able to identify this problem and can work with the utility company to provide the service upgrade needed.
Owners wanting to install a Level 2 charger should expect to pay $1,500 or more for equipment and installation. Price will depend on the charging station model selected and the electric work needed to install the station at your home. A state incentive for charging stations expires on December 20, 2012. For information on this tax credit please visit the Incentives page.
The public charging stations can be outfitted with payment acceptors that require a fee before charging can take place. However, there is an additional cost to adding this feature to the charging stations. Similarly, there is an added installation cost, as well as ongoing maintenance fees associated with networking the charging stations to a communications system that supports payment collection. These extra costs are projected to far exceed the cost of providing free charging to the relatively small number of electric vehicles that are expected in the community over the next few years. As supply of EVs expand, it is expected that these public charging stations will eventually require an access fee.