Unlike gasoline vehicles, electric vehicles (EVs) can charge anywhere there is access to electricity, including any standard 120-volt outlet! Rather than visiting a gas station, most EV drivers charge their vehicles at home overnight, just like a cell phone. Learn the three levels of EV charging.

 

Level 1: 120-volt outlet (4–5 miles of range per hour of charging)

Every electric vehicle comes equipped with charging equipment that can be plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet, which can provide 40–50 miles of charging when plugged in overnight. For many EV drivers, this is sufficient to meet their daily driving needs.

 

Level 2: 240-volt outlet (25 miles of range per hour of charging)

If you need faster charging than level 1, you can use a 240-volt power source (the same used for clothes dryers) for faster charging in your home. You may need to purchase charging equipment and should have a qualified electrician install this. Level 2 charging is also available at many public charging locations.

 

Level 3: DC Fast Charging (Up to 200 miles of range in 20 minutes)

DC fast charging is the fastest level of charging available and is available at some public charging locations. This is a great way to recharge your car in a hurry. Learn more about DC fast charging.