The U.S. DOE projects the cost of electric vehicle charging stations will vary greatly ($300 to $40,000) with deceasing unit costs.

U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) reports on range unit and installation costs of electric vehicle charging stations.

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Summary Information

In 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reported on the cost of electric vehicle (EV) charging ports per unit and the associated installation costs. The DOE found large price discrepancies across the country and across charging levels. Slower charging stations were cheaper per unit and to install compared to the models that offer a quicker charging speed. In general, the DOE found that that there is industry consensus that prices per unit will decrease. However, there was no consensus of the price trajectory for installation.

Due to the wide range of costs, the DOE suggests that the best way to determine the price of an EV charging station for a specific project is to get cost estimates from the utility company, charging station manufactures, and installers in the given area.

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Costs Associated with Non-Residential Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

Author: Smith, Margaret (New West Technologies LLC) and Jonathan Castellano (New West Technologies LLC)

Published By: U.S. Department of Energy

Prepared by New West Technologies for USDOE Vehicle Technologies Office

Source Date: 11/01/2015


System Cost

Per unit and installation cost estimates released by the DOE were categorized by charging unit type as seen in table below:

Cost Per Unit:
Level 1: $300-$1,500
Level 2: $400-$6,500
DC Fast Charging: $10,000-$40,000

Installation Cost:
Level 1: $0-$3,000
Level 2: $600-$12,700
DC Fast Charging: $4,000-$51,000


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Cost ID: 2020-00455