- Level 1 (120v) is the slowest way to charge your EV and can take days. In most cases, you will add 5-9 km of range per hour if you are plugged directly into a standard wall outlet or less if you are using an extension cord.
Level 2 (240v) is the sweet spot for most EV owners because you can charge your car from 0-100% overnight. The actual charge rate will depend on your EV and charging solution, but with a low battery, you should be adding approximately 40 km of range per hour. This is an ideal solution for overnight charging and top ups while running errands.
- Level 3 (480v) is the fastest way to charge your EV and will usually take 45-90 minutes from 0-100%. Level 3 charging is the ideal solution for road trips and long distance travel, but not for frequent use because it will degrade your battery faster over time.
For most EV owners, nearly all of your charging will be done at home, so it is important to have the right solution for your needs. The majority of EV owners choose to install a Level 2 charging solution at home for 2 reasons: (1) a Level 1 solution is not adequate and (2) peace of mind. Although some drivers can survive with a Level 1 charging solution - your needs can fluctuate based on infrequent or unscheduled events.
The only time most EV owners need to use public charging is if they have a vehicle with limited range or they are driving outside of their home area. We do not recommend relying on public charging exclusively because you will constantly be thinking about where and when your next charging session will be, it is usually more expensive than installing home charging over the long run and it will take up a significant amount of your time.
To view a live map of all public charging stations and their current status, download the Plugshare app on your smartphone:www.plugshare.com