Do car chargers need GFCI protection?

I’m going to install a home charging station for my new EV this weekend. If I’m hardwiring the charging station, does it need a GFCI circuit breaker? I think I remember reading something about new EVs needing GFCI protection.

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Answer provided by
Brittni Brinn
Answered on Jun 29, 2022
That’s a great question! If you’re hardwiring your car’s charger, you generally don’t need GFCI protection. However, you are legally required to have a GFCI breaker for 240V or NEMA 14-50 outlets that are used for charging.
Benefits to having a hardwired home charger include:
  • Always ready to use
  • Can position it where it’s most convenient
  • Looks better
  • Does not require additional GFCI breaker
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