05.05.2017 - by Plug In America
Ask the EV Experts: The Different Charging Levels Explained

In our latest episode of Ask the EV Experts, we answer a questions from two of our viewers, Richard and Hannah. Have a question of your own? Let us know in the comments below, post it on Facebook, Tweet at us, or email us at info@pluginamerica.org #AskTheEVExpert

Question 1:

“What does BEV stand for?”


BEV, spelled B-E-V, stands for Battery Electric Vehicle. A BEV is an all-electric vehicle that does not have any sort of internal combustion engine. Examples of a BEV include the Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, and Chevy Bolt.

Question 2:

“What’s the difference between level 1 and level 2 chargers?”


Well Hannah, let’s start with the similarities. Both level 1 and level 2 chargers connect to your car using the same J-Plug you see here. Both also recharge your car by converting AC to DC current. Now the main difference is with charge time. While a level 1 charger will add on average 3-5 miles of driving range per hour of charging, a level 2 charger will add between 10 and 25 miles of driving range. Both level 1 and level 2 chargers can be installed in your home to provide convenient charging overnight, and most public chargers are level 2.

If you have a question that you’d like answered in our next episode, please let us know in the comments below or email us at info@pluginamerica.org


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