The owners of an electric vehicle, who are more and more numerous, have the possibility of recharging their car at the charging stations available in the public domain or at service stations. But most of them choose to have a charging station at their home.
A comfortable solution which allows in particular to recharge its electric vehicle at night, moreover, by making savings if their supplier of electric energy offers them adapted contracts, the offers of “green electricity” in particular. But how do you choose your charging station? The wallbox is one of the most suitable equipment, especially the one with a power of 7 kW.
What is the 7 kW wallbox charging station?
Individuals who wish to recharge their electric vehicle at home can use a simple (or reinforced) household electrical outlet. However, this solution does not allow this type of car to be recharged in an efficient manner with regard in particular to the recharging time. In addition, in terms of safety, a domestic socket presents risks.
Opting for a wallbox type charging station is much more suitable because this equipment is really designed to charge an electric vehicle in a minimum of time (defined according to the power of the wallbox), and in complete safety. The wallbox is also recommended by the majority of manufacturers of electric vehicles.
It is very simple for an individual to install a wallbox at his home because it is concretely a charging box which is fixed very easily on the wall of a garage for example, or on a private parking space for residents of apartment buildings, and which is easily connected to the home’s electrical panel.
Why choose a 7 kW wallbox?
There are several types of wallbox charging stations which differ in particular by their power, which is generally between 3.7 kW and 22 kW. Power defines in particular the charging time of an electric vehicle depending on its model.
The wallbox with a power of 7 kW represents a good compromise for owners of an electric vehicle. Notably because this type of charging station is much more efficient than a simple household electrical outlet and even a less powerful wallbox in terms of charging time. For example, for an electric car equipped with a 20 kWh battery, a 7 kW wallbox can recharge the vehicle in 3 hours, while a less powerful wallbox requires more than 5 hours of charging time.
In addition to its limited recharging time, the 7 kW wallbox also has the advantage of being compatible with most electric vehicles available on the market, and in particular small electric city cars, whose charging capacity is, in most cases. cases, precisely limited to 7 kW. However, this type of wallbox can also be used to recharge electric vehicles equipped with more powerful batteries. The charging time is just a little longer with a 7 kW wallbox in this case.
What is the cost of a 7 kW wallbox?
In general, the price of an electric vehicle charging station varies according to its power. This also applies to the different types of wallbox. Logically, the more powerful the latter, the higher its price.
The 7 kW wallbox, which represents a good compromise for owners of an electric car, whether in terms of recharging time or compatibility with different types of electric vehicles, is also a good solution in terms of its cost.
The price of a 7 kW wallbox, like that of most different types of charging equipment, also depends on the brand that distributes it, but also on the features it offers which may be optional in certain cases such as, by for example, additional safety equipment to be installed or recharging management modules. However, there are wallboxes sold with this whole pack. Thus, you find on the market wallboxes of this type, the price of which is between 700 and 1,500 euros.
You should also know that it is necessary to have a professional install charging stations with a power greater than 3.7 kW, and not to set them up yourself, mainly for safety reasons. It is even an obligation to be able to benefit from public aid to help finance the purchase and installation of a charging station for your electric car such as the one offered by the ADVENIR program of the Association for the development of Avere-France electric mobility, the “Aide Solution Individuelle” bonus. Note: this bonus can be combined with a tax credit of an amount that represents 75% of the expenses devoted to the purchase and installation of a wallbox, up to a limit of 300 euros per charging station. This financial assistance is not subject to any income condition.
Consequently, in addition to the purchase price of a 7 kW wallbox, there must be an additional cost for the intervention of a professional installer. This cost is on average 900 euros including equipment, but it can vary according to different criteria and in particular the extent of the work to be carried out for the installation of this charging station at home.