Are you the brand new owner of an electric vehicle or are you seriously considering investing in this type of clean car like more and more French people? From an environmental and energy saving point of view, you are making the right choice.
Once you have your electric vehicle in your possession, you will also need to purchase equipment to be able to charge your vehicle if you wish to benefit from this functionality at home. You can, of course, use a simple electrical outlet in your home. But, for more performance and security, it is better to turn to the purchase of a wallbox, a very simple charging station to install at home. Different wallboxes, which differ in particular according to their power (from 7 to 50 kW), are offered on the market. Let’s take a look here at the 11 kW wallbox. For what uses? How much does it cost ? Our explanations.
The characteristics of the wallbox 11 kW charging station
The wallbox is part of the category of charging stations that an individual can acquire and install at home to be able to recharge their electric vehicle in complete peace of mind. A much more efficient and secure charging solution than using a simple household electrical outlet. A wallbox makes it possible to recharge your electric vehicle much more quickly, a significant advantage for their owners.
There are different types of wallbox charging stations which differ in particular according to their power. It is thus possible to find 7 kW, 11 kW, 22 kW or 50 kW wallboxes on the market.
Even if it is not the most powerful, the 11 kW wallbox is a charging station that offers high performance, especially compared to the 7 kW wallbox. When the latter allows you to recharge your electric vehicle in 8 hours on average (nearly a day for certain models of electric vehicles with a conventional household socket), the 11 kW wallbox provides this functionality in just 5 hours, i.e. it delivers around 60 75 km range for the user of an electric vehicle.
From a safety point of view, the 11 kW wallbox is equipped with a system that prevents overheating and therefore possible damage to the equipment itself, but also to the battery of the electric vehicle and the electrical installation of the housing where it is installed.
The 11 kW wallbox models are also “smarter”. The latter are indeed connected thanks to a smartphone application and they can therefore be programmed remotely by their owner who, thus, can for example charge his vehicle when he benefits from off-peak hours offered by his supplier. electricity. A feature that allows you to make significant savings.
The 11 kW wallbox, for which vehicles and which uses?
All types of wallbox can be very easily installed in a private home, in a garage, for example, or in a private parking space for collective housing.
The 11 kW wallbox has the enormous advantage of being able to be used by almost all models of electric and hybrid vehicles available on the market. Note: some manufacturers of these types of cars sometimes even require the use of this particular wallbox model.
However, before proceeding with its purchase, it is advisable to ensure that the 11 kW wallbox can actually be used for its vehicle, that is to say that its battery accepts this charging power.
If you do not cover a lot of kilometers per day (no more than 60 km) with your electric car, the 11 kW wallbox is the charging station that is perfectly suited to your charging needs.
Note, however: given the power delivered by the 11 kW wallbox, it is in most cases necessary for an individual to review the electrical installation of his home so that it is well suited to this type of charging station. , in particular to be able to have three-phase alternating current (AC). Less powerful wallboxes can operate using single-phase current.
What is the cost of an 11 kW wallbox?
The wallbox, regardless of its power, is one of the so-called “intelligent” charging stations for electric vehicles because it allows the owner of an electric car to plan and control the programming of this equipment and to have a view of the precise electricity consumption in real time, and therefore on their energy bill.
This feature and the fact that the wallboxes are much more powerful than a simple household socket, in particular the 11 kW one, make this charging station equipment that can be expensive for some individuals. But its performance justifies its selling price which can be between 900 and 1,500 euros depending on the model.
Added to this purchase price is the intervention of an approved professional for this type of installation (charging stations with a power greater than 3.7 kW) at home. This cost is on average between 800 and 1,000 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 home charging station. Note: installation by a professional is mandatory in order to qualify for public aid, such as that offered by the ADVENIR program of the Association for the development of electric mobility Avere-France, the “Aide Solution Individuelle” bonus, which helps to finance the purchase and installation of a charging station for one’s car electric. A bonus which can be combined with a tax credit of an amount which represents 75% of the expenses devoted to the purchase and installation of a wallbox within the limit of 300 euros per charging station. This financial assistance is not subject to any income condition.