How much will it cost to install the various types of chargers?

The Level 1 charger that will come with your car requires no installation costs. As long as you have a 120-volt outlet near where you plan to park your car.

Level 2 chargers, which will charge your car more quickly, will require provision of 240-volt service, which can be installed by any licensed electrician. Depending on a number of factors, including your existing electrical service, and the distance from your electrical box to your parking spot, this can cost as little as $200-300, but sometimes more.

The good news is most Sonoma County residents qualify for a free Level 2 charger from Sonoma Clean Power. You just have to pay tax and shipping, and the installation costs. The chargers are worth $500-800, but SCP is providing them to customers for free. To see if you qualify, and to apply for your free charger, click here.   Many EV manufacturers also offer charger incentives as part of the vehicle sale.  Be sure to ask about charging incentives when buying an EV,