charge up and go
Charging an electric vehicle is as easy as charging your phone or tablet. Unlike gas-powered vehicles, EVs can be “refueled” in several ways and in many different places, including right at home. And with charging station infrastructure improving every day, you’ll one day be able to charge up almost anywhere you park your car.
How to Charge
Charging is simple—you already do it every day with other electronic devices, and it works the same way on an EV. Instead of a gas cap and gas tank, EVs have charging ports where you plug in a charger to let the battery power up. You can even charge up overnight when your vehicle is parked at home, so you can get out and go the next day with a fully charged battery.
Types of Chargers
There are a few different types of EV chargers with varying power levels. All three types can be found at different public charging stations, but some are better for at-home charging than others. Get familiar with each kind and where you can use them below.
Level 1 chargers provide 1 kilowatt of power and take the longest to fully charge your EV battery, so they are perfect for overnight charging at home.
Level 2 chargers provide between 3 and 20 kilowatts of power (usually 6 kW) and take about 5 hours to charge your EV battery enough to cover 124 miles. Level 2 chargers also work great at home.
LEVEL 3 (DCFC)
Level 3 (DCFC) chargers are most commonly found at charging stations along highways, so look for these on road trips. They’re the fastest type of charger, taking about 30 minutes to recharge your battery.