By Allison Kirschbaum

Many car owners are shifting towards new electric vehicles, but the biggest problem is having a limited charging station. However, changes are happening, especially in the military housing sector, as some landlords are starting to install home EV charging stations. Military housing is not new to innovation, especially in making the lives of military families more comfortable. Now, four privatized housing landlords have begun with this change.

Level 2 charging stations are being installed on these houses, and residents don't need to pay for the installation. Home EV charging stations are being installed in carports and garages, which are more accessible. However, military families must pay for the time they spend charging their cars with these stations. They are not charged for utilities in privatized housing, where they have been charging their cars to wall outlets.

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The Appeal for Level 2 Home EV Charging Stations

According to Justin Kern, executive general manager of Lend-Lease Communities, most residents prefer Level 2 EV charging. This kind of home EV charging station is faster and safer than its counterparts. These charging stations will take around five to six hours to charge a vehicle. But with Level 1, it will take more than 24 hours or longer, plus this station is unsafe, especially if charging it using a home outlet.

Kern added that about 7,800 houses are eligible for home EV charging stations. This was not the first time that the program happened. Homes were installed with stations in Cavalry Family Housing at Fort Cavazos near Killeen, Texas, and at Soaring Heights Communities at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson in late 2023.

This 2024, the Lend-Lease program rolled out at Atlantic Marine Corps Communities at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, North Carolina. By the last quarter, the home EV charging station will be installed at Island Palm Communities, which will have seven installations on Oahu and Hickam Communities in Honolulu, serving Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Depending on the rollout results, Lend-Lease might consider expanding to more communities.

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Home EV Charging Stations and Its Growing Presence

The rates will depend on regional utility costs, and families can opt to subscribe to one of the three monthly packages. The packages will include various tiers for energy usage and be based on miles driven per month. If some of the miles or kilowatt-hours are not fully consumed, they will be rolled out to the following month. Most of the time, the cost will depend on how fast the charging is.

Here are some of the military landlords that started to provide a home EV charging station:

  • Recently, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, were to have their first charging stations via the Michaels Organization. The company plans to provide these home EV charging stations to all private housing it manages and owns nationwide.
  • Last summer, the Balfour Beatty Communities started their program by offering a Level 2 home EV charging station at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, and Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut.
  • Last year, Hunt Military Communities started their pilot areas at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; and Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.

What Is the Charging Cost of a Home EV Charging Station?

Charging an electric car with a Level 2 charger will cost around $11 with a 65 kilowatt-hour battery at home. This is assuming that the electricity is at $0.17 per kilowatt-hour. However, when in a garage or driveway, the Level 2 charger can run at a 240-volt household outlet, according to Edmunds.com.

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