Understanding the difference between the different levels of ev chargers.
Fully charging an electric can range from 30 minutes to 10 hours, depending on what level of charger you use.
Most people charge their electric vehicles at home and workplace. There are increasing numbers of EV drivers who use public charging stations such as retail and public parking locations. Many EV drivers will upgrade their home charging from Level 1 to Level 2. Some public locations are perfect for Level 1 like airports and long term parking situations.Retail and public locations are mainly Level 2; however, more Level 3 or DCFC - DC Fast Chargers being found in strategic spots along major freeways.
LEVEL 1 CHARGING
120 Volt Cordset
- 120 VAC standard outlet
- Delivers power from the wall to the vehicle’s on-board charger
- Time from fully depleted to fully charged: average 7-29+ hours
- Typically provided with your Electric Vehicle
LEVEL 2 CHARGING
240 Volt PortableCordset or Wall-mounted Charging Station
- 208-240 VAC installation
- Delivers AC power from the wall to the on-board car charger
- Fully depleted to full charge: avg 2-10+ hours depending on vehicle.
LEVEL 3 CHARGING
High-powered DC Fast-charge Station
- 400-600 VAC installation
- Delivers DC energy bypassing the on-board charger
- Time from fully depleted to fully charged in about 30 minutes
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