How to Prepare Your House for an EV

EV charging


If you’re looking to purchase or lease a new Chevrolet electric vehicle like the Chevrolet Bolt EV to enhance your Grand Forks drives, it’s essential to know about your options to ensure that you’re getting the vehicle that’s right for you. At Dahlstrom Motors, Inc., our team is standing by to work with you one-on-one to make your car-buying experience stress- and hassle-free. Learn more about preparing your home for an electric vehicle from the experts at Dahlstrom Motors, Inc..

How Much Does Setting Up a Charging Station Cost?

Car shoppers interested in setting up a home charging station around Thief River Falls or Warren should know about the different factors before figuring out the final cost of everything. These include:

  1. Your home electrical system needs to be able to handle your vehicle charging system that uses 120v or 240v. Don’t hesitate to contact an electrician to make sure this is doable. If not, modifications to your system will add to the overall price.
  2. Shop around for your charger at home improvement stores. 
  3. Hire an electrician to install your home charging system. 

There are several different types of at-home charging. We’re breaking down the different prices for the Level 1 and 2 charging: 

  • Basic 120-Volt Portable Charge Cord (Level 1): Estimated Total of $1,300 to $2,300
  • Fast 240-Volt Charging Unit (Level 2): Estimated Total of $1,700 to $2,700

What Are My Chevy Plug-In Options?

Like with most EV options, vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV use rechargeable batteries instead of gas engines. Because of this, your electric vehicle needs to be plugged in to charge. And for the new Bolt, you have three charging options to choose from:

Public Charging/Super Fast DC Charge/Level 3 Charger 

  • Fastest charging, but takes longer than refilling a gas tank. 
  • Charges up to 76 miles of range in about 10 minutes.

Home Charging/240-Volt Charging Unit/Level 2 Charger

  • Up to 52 miles of range per hour of charge
  • The charger needs to be installed by an electrician

Home Charging/120-Volt Charging/Level 1 Charger

  • Your Chevy Bolt includes the necessary charging cable.
  • Plugs into a standard three-prong 120-volt outlet
  • About 3.5 miles of range per hour of charge, about 20 hours to a full charge

Not sure which option is right for you? Think about your driving habits. If you drive less than 50 miles a day through East, then the Level 2 charging station isn’t right for you. However, having the Level 2 charging station means you can fully charge your vehicle overnight.

Save Time and Money With an Electric Vehicle

You may spend money preparing your home for your EV model, it’s an investment that’s worth it. You’ll save time and money in the long run because of the following:

  • Tax incentives: Check with our finance department to learn about any tax savings available for buying an EV. 
  • Fuel charges: On average, a regular gallon of gas costs $2.25 while an electric e-gallon costs $1.24.
  • Local utility incentives: If you choose a 240-volt home charger, you could be eligible for incentives for your local utility company. 
  • Less maintenance: Choose a Chevy Bolt and you won’t have to spend as much money on routine maintenance. Due to not having a combustion engine, you won’t pay more for oil changes, engine belt replacements, transmission fluid flushes, and more.
  • Get to places faster by taking the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane if available.
  • Check and see if you qualify for local utility incentives when you get a home charger installed professionally. 

Get More Details About Preparing Your Home For an EV!

Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions about the benefits of an electric vehicle or how to ensure your home is ready for your Chevy EV model.