As an EV owner, you are going to need a solution to charging your electric vehicle at your convenience. While Burbank offers up to 42 public charging stations across various sites, you might still prefer installing a Tesla charger in your Burbank home. We have put together all the information you need to do this easily and affordably.
What Charger Should I Buy?
This is often the most common question first time EV drivers ask. Various electric car electric chargers serve diverse purposes. Your options include mostly a level 1 and level 2 charger for home charging stations. The level 1 chargers comprise a 120-volt cord that can be plugged in regular home outlets. They are best for drivers who drive less than 30 miles in a day. Level 1 chargers are the slowest charging at 3-5 miles per hour. Hence, if you drive over 30 miles in a day, you might want to consider a faster charger which is usually level 2. Level 2 EV chargers use a 240-volt cord and dedicated outlet that often have to be installed by an electrician. This charger charges at 10-20 miles per hour.
The Best EV Chargers in 2020
One of the best things about electric charging stations for your Burbank home is that you have a wide range of options. Here’s a list of various top chargers in 2020 and how they compare against each other.
- JuiceBox Pro 40A
This charger is a US-made, powerful, 10kW charging station suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It includes an app that gives you control of everything from notifications to scheduling, energy metering, and LED charging light indicators. It is Wi-Fi equipped and portable in structure and appearance. The JuiceBox Pro 40A can either be plugged into an outlet or hard-wired. It is compatible with Amazon Echo/Alexa.
- ClipperCreek HCS-40P Plugin
The HCS-40P Plugin is also US made and popular for its durability. It is a level 2 charging station suitable for outdoor use and with the special inclusion of a 3-year warranty. It is a hard-wired charger with a 7.7kW power output. Just like most EV chargers on the market, it has a compact build.
- Siemens VersiCharge Home Charger
The brand provides 3 models of this charger, which are hardwire, universal, and smart grid. The hardwire models are the most affordable of the 3. Each model is a level 2 charger with 72kW power output. They are easy to install and use.
EV Charger Incentives in Burbank
By installing a level 2 EV charger in Burbank, you become eligible for a rebate from Burbank water and power (BWP). To apply you must be an active BWP electric customer. Burbank EV owners who charge their vehicles at home/at night can also enjoy the time of use (TOU) electric rate. TOU rates vary across different times of the day and are mandatory for those who apply for the EV charger rebate. The rates are optional for residential customers.
EV charger installations in Burbank should be done by an experienced electrician. The cost of the installation can be anywhere from $200 to $1000, depending on your EV charger needs.