Vehicle Charging Options

Station Classifications

Charging stations are classified as Level 1, Level 2, or Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging.

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Level 1 - Approximately 8-20 hours

  • Uses ordinary household current with a standard outlet (120V)
  • Vehicles can be charged on a standard 3-prong outlet and the charging unit that comes with your vehicle
  • Slowest charging mode for an electric vehicle
  • 8 to 20 hours to fully charge a vehicle, depending on how depleted the battery is and whether it's a hybrid or fully electric vehicle
  • Typically adds 5 miles of range per hour charged
  • No set-up costs

 
Level 2 - Approximately 4-8 hours

  • For vehicles with an electric drive range of 100 miles or more, or you simply want a faster charger
  • Supplies 240V, like for an electric dryer or oven
  • 4 to 8 hours to fully charge a vehicle, depending on how depleted the battery is and whether it's a hybrid or fully electric vehicle
  • Typically adds between 12-20 miles of range per hour charged
  • May require a panel upgrade by a qualified electrician
  • Requires Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and permits
  • Available at some work and public sites

 
DC Fast Charging - Less than 20 minutes for an 80% charge

  • This type of charger is not practical for residential installations due to cost and electrical equipment limitations
  • Supplies 480V
  • Requires a special plug receptacle on your vehicle
  • Available at some public sites

 
Workplace Charging

You may have employees who are considering purchasing a plug-in vehicle (PEV). Workplace charging (WPC) provides great convenience for PEV owners, and in some cases is essential for commuters. As an employer, you have a unique opportunity to show leadership in this area by working with the building owner/manager to provide workplace charging for your employees.