Charging Levels

Level I

  • Plug into a typical grounded outlet

  • All you need is the charging cable that comes with your car
  • Great for overnight charging

Level II 

  • Ideal for all-electric car charging at home, at work, or on the road
  • Recharge in just a few hours
  • Fuels via public or home stations and a 240v outlet

Level III - DC Fast Charging


  • Charge up in less than an hour
  • Plug shape matters
    • The CHAdeMO standard is used by most Japanese and Korean plug-in cars
    • The CCS Combo standard is used by most American and European plug-in cars
    • Tesla has a fast charging network specific to its cars with a different plug shape

Quick Facts


There are over 61,000
public charging stations
 in the U.S.


Chargers range from simple plug-and-go to smart chargers that can be programmed with your car to start and stop charging when you choose.


The average commute for Americans
is 32 miles per day

Home Charging

In most cases, home charging is cheaper than public charging. You can choose whether to plug in directly to an outlet (Level 1) or install a Level 2 charging station at your home. 

Typically, home charging stations cost between $300 - $1000 plus the cost of an electrician to install it. Check with your utility or a local energy conservation organization for recommendations on contractors and electricians who can install your station.

Public Charging Networks

When charging at a public station, you'll likely use a charger that's serviced by a network. Many have membership programs or subscriptions (you can download the app on your phone) and you can also pay as you go. Rates vary by network - some charge by session, per kWh, by the hour and some are free. 

Membership with these networks usually includes a member discount or if you're not a member you can call the 24-hour customer service line to pay on the spot. 

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

Finding Public Stations

Resources and apps like PlugShare, Chargeway, or the Alternative Fuels Data Center give real-time information on charging station locations, pricing, nearby amenities, and availability. Google Maps also now shows charging station locations. 

Resources

Our Charing 101 flier is a great introduction to charging. Follow the link below to share with your friends, family and coworkers.
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