How Will I Charge My New EV?

According to a survey by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the average person drives about 40 miles each day. There are now several EV models on the market with a battery range of more than 200 miles per charge. With this much range, and with so many EV Charging stations across the Valley, you can say goodbye to range anxiety! Just like your phone, plug-in your EV before you go to bed, and it will be charged and ready to go in the morning.

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 is the slowest method of charging but is sufficient for drivers who charge overnight and travel 40–50 miles per day. Charging cables come with the vehicle and plug into a standard 120–volt AC outlet with no equipment installation required. Level 1 charging works well for charging at home, work or anywhere a standard outlet is available – and when you have sufficient time to charge.

Level 1 charging adds about 5 miles of driving range per hour of charging time.

Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging is considerably faster, but requires installing a dedicated 240–volt or 208–volt charging station, similar to what is required for a clothes dryer or electric range. Level 2 is found at many public and workplace charging stations, but also in many homes. It uses the same standard connector as Level 1 charging, meaning any EV can plug in at any Level 2 charger.

Depending on battery type, charger configuration and circuit capacity, Level 2 charging adds about 20 miles of range per hour of charging time.

DC Fast Charging

DC fast charging, also called supercharging, provides the fastest available “fill–up”. It requires a 480–volt connection, making DC fast charging unsuitable for home use, and not every EV model is equipped for it. Stations offering DC fast charging are found in shopping centers and often along major travel corridors, allowing EV drivers to charge up quickly and take longer trips.

Depending on battery type, charger configuration and circuit capacity, DC fast charging can add up to 100 miles of range in about 30 minutes of charging time.

Watch this brief 2-minute video to learn more about charging electric vehicles