There is a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing an electric-car charging station, as it can affect the ownership experience and the convenience of using the car.
While some owners of plug-in hybrids may stick with the 120-volt charging cord that comes with the car, virtually all buyers of battery-electric models should install a charging station at home or where they park—if that’s possible.
Those who don’t have their own garages or parking slots may choose to rely on public charging stations, which are generally far more durable and robust than the ones described here.
So, what are some of the best charging stations on the market?
Research and tests by The Wire Cutter concludes that the Siemens Versicharge VC30GRYU is the best all-round choice for an at-home charging station.
While it may not possess the most features, it’s powerful enough to charge most electric cars, it’s convenient, and it doesn’t cost a fortune: just $500 when purchased from online retailer Amazon.
The runner-up charging station is the eMotorWerks JuiceBox Pro 40.
It provides more power for longer-range electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV and includes Wi-Fi connectivity.
The JuiceBox Pro 40 may be a good investment as future electric cars become more powerful and house greater ranges in the future.