EV Charger Installation in San Francisco, CA: Best Companies, Incentives, Cost and Installation


Electric Vehicle Charger Installation in San Francisco, CA

If you recently purchased an electric vehicle (EV), you will want to install an EV charger at your home for convenience. Ohmhome has put together this guide for EV charger installation in San Francisco, CA, including the types and cost of EV chargers, rebates and utility rates for EV charger installations in San Francisco, CA, and installation tips and contractor recommendations.

Best EV Chargers of 2017: Comparison

The EV experts at OhmHome reviewed the best EV chargers of 2017 and our summary finds are below.  Read the full detailed review of each model.
ModelSnapshotSpecial FeaturesDimensions 
JuiceBox Pro 40-AmpSmallest in class and great for California driversWifi enabled with app and connection to rewards program10 x 6 x 3 inches Prices
Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp (Editor's Pick)Best value and high quality ratingsSiemens quality (UL labs), Wifi options20.5 x 18 x 15 inches Prices
ChargePoint 32-AmpSleek and lightweightApp connects to Chargepoint network, Wifi enabled18.5 x 15 x 7 inches Prices
ClipperCreek HCS-40PSturdy U.S.-made modelBest-in class 3 year warrantyNA Prices

EV Chargers 101

The question that many 1st time drivers ask immediately after their EV purchase is, "What charger should I buy?" Before finding a charger that fits your needs, it is important to understand a few basic concepts about EV chargers. EVs come with a 120-volt or Level one cord that can be plugged into any wall outlet.  But the charging times are between 3-5 miles per hour, so if your commute is longer than 30 miles a day (4 x 8 hours = 32) this might not be a good fit for you.  You will likely need a Level 2 charger, which charges 10-20 miles per hour and is the route most EV users choose.
Key Electric Vehicle Charger Terms
On-board Chargers
EVSE
Charger Levels
Read this overview on EV charger levels to determine the best fit for your driving needs.  Not all homeowners need to purchase an EVSE.
EV Charger Levels
Level One (120 Volts - 3-5 Miles Per Hour of Charging)
Level Two (240 Volts - 10-20 Miles Per Hour of Charging)
Level Three (DC Fast Charging)

EV Charger Incentives in San Francisco, CA

Electricity Rates for EVs in San Francisco, CA

Many utilities offer EV time-of-use rates to promote the charging of EVs during times with the lowest demand and cost of electricity (usually midnight to 5:00 AM). In the summer when air conditioning demand is high during the day, off peak rates can be more than 50% cheaper than on peak rates and can offer significant savings.
PG&E
SCE
SDG&E
Los Angeles, Rancho Cucamonga, Burbank, Colton, Azusa and Riverside

Rebates

Select utilities, cities and air control districts also.  In 2016, there was a federal incentive via the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit, which offered up to $1,000 per location, but the program has not been extended to 2017.
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP)
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
Burbank Water and Power (BWP)
Glendale Water & Power
Pasadena Water and Power (PWP)
Anaheim Public Utilities

EV Charger Installation in San Francisco, CA 

EV charger installations are fairly straightforward, but should be done by a qualified electrician. The general view is that an EV charger installation can be done by any qualified electrician, so homeowners do not need to pay a premium for a specialized EV charger installer. The cost of an EV charger installation in San Francisco, CA will vary from $200 to over $1,000 depending on the amount of wiring required. If the EV charger is installed far away from the home's breaker box (service panel) or the installation requires a service panel upgrade, the cost could be closer to $1,000. Installation Video

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