Charging Station Types

Level One 

Your typical household grounded outlet provides a Level One charge. There are no charging station installation costs because you’re using an existing outlet. Level One charging is great for plug-in hybrid cars and charging over a long period of time.

Length of time for a full charge:  approx. 8-60 hours (about 3-5 miles of range added per hour)

Level Two 

Level Two charging is a step up from Level One and requires the installation of a charger in your garage, carport or office parking lot. Level Two charging is great for all-electric car charging at home, running longer errands and charging up at work.

Length of time for a full charge:  approx. 3-15 hours for a full charge (about 12-40 miles of range added per hour

Level Three (Fast Charging) 

Level Three, or DC Fast Charging, is the quickest form of charging. Fast charging stations are ideal for drivers on a road trip and anyone who needs to charge up quickly. The Pacific Northwest has an extensive public network of fast chargers and Forth and our partners are working to add even more.

Length of time for a full charge: DC fast charging times vary greatly, depending on battery size. You can charge up in as little as 20 minutes to over an hour.

There are two different primary types of fast charging standards, CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System (CCS Combo). Tesla also has a fast charging network specific to Tesla vehicles with a different plug shape.

The CHAdeMO standard is used by most Japanese and Korean manufactured plug-in cars.            A CHAdeMO plug looks like this:

The CCS Combo standard is used by most American and European manufactured
plug-in cars. A CCS Combo plug looks like this:

Freedom to roam: charging in public

From the coast to the countryside and everywhere in between, a vast network of charging stations lets you charge up when you’re out and about.

Plan your electric outing or adventure:

Who are the different charging network providers?

When charging at a public station, you’ll likely be using a charger that’s serviced by one of the following network firms. Many have membership programs or subscriptions (where you can download the app on your phone) and you can also pay as you go.

Blink Charging, ChargePoint, Electrify America, EVgo, Greenlots, and SemaConnect are the most common network providers in the U.S.

From the comfort of your own home: charging where you live

Since all vehicles come with an adapter that allows you to plug into a standard grounded 110v outlet, you don’t need to purchase anything extra to charge up at home! For faster charging, you can purchase a Level Two charger and have it installed. Some organizations such as the Energy Trust of Oregon have a network of trade allies that includes contractors and other service providers who use efficient and renewable energy products, and can help you find electricians that can install chargers.

What if you live in an apartment building? Talk with your landlord! As more and more people go electric, charging stations are becoming more common – and more necessary. The state of Oregon passed legislation that gives you the right to inquire and potentially install a charger if you live in a multi-unit dwelling like a condo or an apartment. You have the right to request to install a charging station and the landlord has the right to approve if a list of conditions are met.

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