One of the main benefits for tram ownership is the ability to charge it at home, but it’s an arduous process if you don’t have your own Level 2 charging setup. As we noted (for some social media controversy) when it arrived, 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD doesn’t even come with a standard 110/120 volt . charging cable. As some have been quick to point out, that omission is largely irrelevant to those familiar with the current EV ecosystem, but is easily relevant to those who find it confusing that a car loves it. The power plug does not come with the required plug. What is this, a premium smartphone?
But here’s the thing: Pure EV charging on a standard three-prong outlet is useless. If you’re looking at long-term EV ownership, you want a Level 2 setup at home – one that can deliver a solid 30-40 amps on 220/240V AC. Sounds expensive, doesn’t it? Actually not. All you need is an electrician, a few inches of bare wall in a convenient parking spot, and a charging cord of your choice.
Yes, just a rope. While there are more powerful options on the market, there’s no need to delve into the intricacies of a charging device. Hard-wired setups have their advantages, but they’re expensive and don’t offer any better future resistance than the much cheaper NEMA 14-50 to J1772 (standard Level 2 plug) cables. If you’ve done a lot of RVing or towing, the NEMA 14-50 may be familiar to you. It’s the big, honkin’ 50-amp service socket (hence the 50 in “14-50” service socket) that you use to plug into your Winnebago. RV, meets EV.
I learned all of this for myself recently after buying a new (for me) house in Metro Detroit’ burp. My adjoining garage has only the very basics for an old workshop. If you’re lucky, you’ve got the sub panel (or main panel nearby) and the right amount of space in your main feed to allow for expansion, because you’ll need a new dual pole breaker Huge to supply NEMA 14-50 socket. What you see above is the easiest, most direct way to do this: a receptacle that attaches almost directly to the control panel. As long as you have a service control panel nearby, a setup like this can be put together for as little as a few hundred dollars.
If you’re working with a separate garage or workshop (or want an outdoor charging dock), things are more expensive, but not really more complicated. Outdoor plugs should be weather rated and integrated into “in use” enclosures (those that seal the plug when plugged in) and, depending on your code, may require GFCI at the breaker or socket. Your electrician can help you decide which is the most cost-effective, as these equipment upgrades can easily double or triple your payout if you just assume expensive is always worth it. means better.
But at the time of publication, the X-factor is actually the cost of copper wire, which hasn’t appeared on the charts recently. In my case I spent as much money adding a second 14-50 outlet at the far end of my garage as I did to add the first side panel and plug. For clarity, this setting is Not meant to charge multiple cars simultaneously, but just to allow for some parking flexibility, which can be further enhanced with a longer charging cord. In my case, I learned in a relatively basic way, 18 feet cable I found on Amazon with good reviews – for half the price of mainstream (popular) “chargers” JuiceBox 40 price $699 for example).
And that’s all you need. No fancy wall boxes, no Wi-Fi extenders in the garage to make sure my “smart” setup can talk to the rest of the world; that’s all unnecessary. The devices involved cost no more than a few hundred dollars, and for someone like me, it’s a universal setup that will serve me well no matter what I’m evaluating. Well, unless it is Tesla. I’m sure Elon’s PR people will be devastated.