Best Home EV Chargers in Australia

Looking for an EV charger for your home but don’t know where to start?

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Tesla EV Charger

The Tesla Home Charger

Supply and installation from $2,200

Tesla’s home charger, known as the ‘Tesla Wall Connector’, is the most elegant of all EV chargers. Surprisingly, it’s also our most affordable charger. It boasts a slimline, sleek design with interchangeable colours and a tethered cable that wraps neatly around the unit.

A Tesla home charger can charge any EV available in Australia. If you drive a Tesla, there are added benefits. The plug top on the Tesla EV charger has a button that opens the charger cover on any Tesla EV. It sounds like a minor feature — until you use a charger that doesn’t have it. The Tesla Wall Connector can technically function as a solar EV Charger.

If you own a Tesla EV, you can connect your car and solar inverter to an app called ‘Charge HQ’. While not perfect, the accuracy of its solar EV charging is decent. For higher accuracy, consider the Zappi EV charger. 

The Zappi EV Charger

Supply and installation - No Longer Available at MC Electrical.

Sometimes we get it wrong. Zappi was one of those times. While Zappi was first to market, packed with features, and is one of Australia’s most popular EV chargers, it didn’t pass our testing. Review coming soon.

Fronius Ev Charger

The Fronius EV Charger

Supply and installation from $3,000

The Fronius EV charger, also known as the Fronius Wattpilot, has its unique strengths. It’s the preferred choice for those with a Fronius Solar inverter. When linked to ‘Fronius Solar.Web’, the Fronius Wall Connector functions efficiently as a Solar EV charger, updating data every 30 seconds. Integrated into the Fronius ecosystem, your EV charging data blends seamlessly with your solar import, export, and consumption data on Solar.Web. 

The Fronius brand assures longevity. Unlike others, the Fronius Wattpilot is an untethered charger, so you’ll need to provide your type 2 cable. A significant advantage is its portable version, the Fronius Wattpilot Go, which you can take anywhere that has a three-phase outlet. You’ll just need an electrician to install the appropriate outlet at your home.

Tesla EV charger

What is Level 2 Charging?

EV Charging comes in three levels or ‘speeds’.

  • Level 1 EV Chargers plug into your standard power point. They’re slower, charging your EV with roughly 15km of driving per hour.
  • Level 2 EV chargers are faster. Speed varies, but you might get 60km per hour with three-phase power and 40km per hour with a single phase.
  • Level 3 public EV chargers are the fastest. For instance, Brisbane’s Tesla Superchargers can provide 500km of charge in under 30 minutes.

How to Charge an Electric Car with Solar

Charging an EV with solar is similar to charging a solar battery. First, we need to install a device to measure the excess solar energy being sent back to the grid. The more accurately this is measured, the more precise your solar EV charging will be. Zappi, Fronius, and Tesla each have different methods to measure excess solar. 

Zappi makes real-time adjustments, and Fronius Wattpilot connects online, updating every half-minute. Tesla (the car, not the charger) can be connected to the third-party app Charge HQ, providing the most affordable yet less precise method.

Do I need three-phase power to charge my EV at home?

No, you don't. You have three options:

  1. If you use level 1 charging (refer to the section above), you can plug into a standard 10-amp power point.
  2. To charge a bit faster, you can install a 15-amp power point. This still requires a portable plug-in EV charger.
  3. Install a level 2 charger that operates at 30 amps. This will charge your car at double the speed of a 15-amp power point, equating to a rate of 40 km per hour of charging. However, in Brisbane, under current regulations, a level 2 charger on a single-phase connection must be linked to a controlled load, which means it won’t be able to benefit from excess solar.

Can a Tesla home charger charge other electric cars?

Yes. A Tesla EV charger can charge any EV sold in Australia today. However, at present, Tesla chargers can only use excess solar when charging a Tesla car.

How fast is a three-phase EV charger?

Level 2 three-phase chargers can generally charge at a rate of 22kW. Nonetheless, many EVs can only accept charge rates of 11kW (e.g., Tesla Model 3) or even 7kW (e.g., BYD Atto 3). As electric vehicles become more prevalent, they are anticipated to accept faster-charging rates exceeding 11kW.

What is the best home electric car charger?

The Tesla Wall Connector, and Fronius Wattpilot rank among the top chargers in the market. Each has its unique advantages and disadvantages. Watch Mark’s review below for a comparative analysis.

Fun Fact: It's not actually an electric car charger!

While the Tesla Wall Connector and Fronius Wattpilot are commonly referred to as EV chargers, they don’t actually perform the charging function. The actual charger is integrated into your Electric Vehicle. What we call an EV Charger is technically known as “Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment” or EVSE. However, to keep it simple, we’ll continue to call them EV chargers.