Bosch Unveils Sub-$450 Power Max Level 2 Home Charging Station

MAY 12 2013 BY STAFF 5



Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, just unveiled one of the cheapest Level 2 home charging stations.  With a price tag of “less than $450,” Bosch says its Power Max residential charger retails for “roughly half the cost of current EV charging stations.”

The Power Max will be offered in two variations: Level 2 240-Volt at 16 amps or Level 2 240-Volt at 30 amps.  Of course, the “less than $450” price tag will be found on the 16-amp version.   The price for the 30-amp Power Max unit is $593.

The Bosch Power Max is UL-certified in both the United States and Canada and, according to Bosch, “is designed to safely and efficiently charge electric vehicles.”

Bosch further states that “Power Max comes in a NEMA 3R enclosure for both indoor and outdoor applications and offers standard safety features including a cord breakaway system and non-live current wire. A hardwired on/off switch completely shuts off power to the unit and ensures no power is consumed.”

Tanvir Arfi, President, Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, discusses the importance of low-price chargers as follows:

“We believe that for the foreseeable future most EV drivers will primarily charge at home. Because many of the incentives available to offset the costs of purchasing and installing residential Level 2 charging stations are expiring, we believe it’s critical to maintain the momentum towards Level 2 by offering high quality, but lower cost charging solutions to our customers.”

The Power Max will ship out in early June, with some customers receiving their unit as soon as late June.

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Seems like my Voltec SPX charger was around 500$ but it doesn’t get rave reviews in the reliability dept. Good that Bosch has one out there as a competitor.

Anyone know if these can be used with a 240V socket, or is it typically required for a licensed electrician to hook these up?

Lot’s of owners do their own install. On my SPX I put a pig tail and 220 V plug on it. I have a summer and winter house so I just unplug the SPX and move it from house to house.

Same with this charger. It required hard wiring. But you or an electrician could add a plug. Here is a link to the spec sheet,

Interesting that when you click on their “solutions” page, the bring up a votec, spx, and wattstation… No power max’s.. And why would you ever need anything more than 16 amps on a GM product?