Install a Charger

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Charging your EV at home is easy and convenient

Check out the video above to see how.

Charging Options and Installation Resources

How to Charge Your EV
There are three EV charging options: Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charger (DCFC)
Level 1 
  • Connect to a standard, three-prong, 120-volt outlet
  • The charger is portable and comes with your EV
  • One hour of Level 1 charging provides about two to five miles of range, depending on the vehicle model
Level 2
  • Connect to a four-prong, 240-volt outlet, like the one that powers your clothes dryer
  • Charging can be hardwired, which requires a charging station with a conduit, instead of a plug
  • One hour of Level 2 charging provides up to 30 miles of range, depending on the vehicle model
DC Fast Charger (DCFC)
  • An EV must be fast-charging enabled for DCFC
  • A DCFC can charge an EV in 30 minutes or less
Electric Install Specs

A Level 2 home charging station installation includes:

  • Pre-installation inspection of all equipment and site
  • Manual installation and labor
  • Dedicated 240v 40amp circuit (up to 50 feet of wiring)
  • Installation and surface mounting of charging station
  • Charging station start up and test
  • Local codes will require permits and/or inspections not included in the flat rate price. For basic installations, permits will typically cost less than $100, but can sometimes be higher depending on your municipality

Installation of additional electric meter includes:

  • Installation of additional meter socket/housing and connection to your main disconnect
Electric Contractor Pricing
The following companies offer a fixed installation price. Contact one of them today to schedule your electric vehicle charging station installation.

Charging station installers

Electrician Basic Charging Station Install Basic 2nd Meter Install Areas Serviced Phone
Center Line Electric $1,465 $400 Entire DTE Electric Area 586-757-5505
Chief Electric $600 $500 Wayne
DC Illuminations $865 $449 Livingston
Electrical Power & Design $825 $625 Entire DTE Electric Area 313-948-3570
Home Service Corporation $850 $750 Wayne 313-928-3833
Income Power $750 $600 Oakland


Jet Electric Company $1,100 $600 Entire DTE territory 248-945-9590
JW Shaw Electric $835 $340 Oakland
McWire Electric $840 $340 Macomb
St. Clair
Mr. Electric $839 $340 Oakland
St. Clair
Oak Electric Service $895 $738 Oakland
Sleiman Electric $795 $500 Oakland
State Electric Company $900 $500 Entire DTE Electric Area 866-976-8890
Stultz Electric $750 $350 Oakland
St. Clair
Summit Electric Inc. $980 $350 Oakland
St. Clair
Winn Electric LLC $1,275 $385 Entire DTE Electric Area 734-985-9214

Contractor Information

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Each participating EV charger installer is an independent company that sets its own pricing. DTE Energy does not endorse any EV charger installer or its products, services, or opinions. Customers do not have to select one of the EV charger installers listed above. Other EV charger installers may be available in your area. By clicking any of these links, you will leave and be transferred to a third-party website not affiliated with DTE Energy. DTE Energy does not endorse or approve any third-party websites or its products, services or opinions. The terms and privacy policies of the third-party website will apply. Your use of the third-party website and its content is at your own risk.
Additional Services That May Be Needed

Panel Upgrades:

60 amp to 100 amp $1,200-$2,000
100 amp to 200 amp $1,500 to 2,300

Newly built homes typically will have panels with adequate capacity to install an EV charger. Older homes may have a tough time keeping up with this additional demand for electricity and may need to be upgraded to accommodate the additional electric load. If you need a panel upgrade to install your EV charger, talk to your electrician about alternative options like installing a separate meter, which may help lower your total install costs.

Sub-Panel - $300 to $500

If your main service panel does not have enough room to add another circuit (for your EV charging station), you may need to add a sub-panel. This will provide new space for your new EV charging circuit in a different location.

Underground Trenching (Lawn) - $10 to $40 per foot

If you have a detached garage and wish to install your EV charging station in your garage, you may have to run wiring from your house to your garage; this wiring will likely need to be buried and could increase your installation costs. Consider mounting your charging station in another location to save money. Contact a Level 2 charging station installer for an estimate prior to moving forward.

House Layout and Structure - Pricing varies

If your breaker panel is located relatively far from where you would like to install your charging station, more than 50 feet of wire – included in flat-rate installation prices – may be needed. Extra wiring would be purchased for a nominal cost. Concealing electrical wiring may also be an option at an additional cost.