There are three levels or speeds of charging:
Level 1 (120 Volts/15 Amps)
All fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids come standard with a cord set that plugs into a regular wall socket. Level 1 is a great option for plug-in hybrids that don't have large battery packs and for drivers that live in places where installing a Level 2 station is difficult.
Level 2 (240 Volts/30 Amps)
The most common charging station is Level 2. Easily installed in your garage or driveway, at storefronts and in parking lots, Level 2 stations can charge your electric car in 10 to 12 hours. Most of the stations you see in public spaces are Level 2. All electric cars and charging stations sold in North America use the same plug standard for Level 2 charging. This means that any electric car can use any Level 2 station across Canada and the U.S.A.
Level 3 Charging (480 Volts/100 Amps)
Level 3 stations are often called "DC-Quick Chargers". DC-Quick Chargers will charge your electric car in 25-30 minutes and are perfect for highway driving applications. Only fully electric cars have access to Level 3 charging. Plug-in Hybrids have gasoline backups for long-distance driving. There are three standards of Level 3:
CHAdeMO is a Japanese standard used by the Nissan LEAF, Kia Soul EV and Mitsubishi i-MiEV
SAE Combo is a European/North American standard used by the BMW i3
Tesla Supercharger is used by the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X. All Tesla vehicles can be purchased with adapters for the other two plug standards.
The Tesla Supercharger network extends across Europe and North America and can only be used by Tesla drivers. The Level 3 stations that service the other brands are usually installed with both the CHAdeMO and SAECombo plug standards so that all drivers can use them regardless of what car they drive.
Home vs. Public Charging
The majority of your charging will take place at home overnight when it is most convenient and the cost of electricity is lowest. We recommend installing a Level 2 station in your garage or at the side of your house to accomodate your charging needs. Plug'n Drive offers a full range of home charging station products to suit your needs through our Charge My Car Online Store.
If you do need to charge while on the road, there are a number of websites/apps that help you find and navigate to nearby stations.
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