Electric cars must "re-fuel" by plugging into the electricity grid. This is done by using a charging station. The majority of charging takes place at home overnight when it is most convenient and the cost of electricity is lowest. When you get home you plug-in and wake up in the morning to a full battery. The time it takes to recharge is based on the level, or speed, 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 for Level 2. This means that any electric car can use any Level 2 station in 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. There are three standards of Level 3 charging:

  • 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.

Plug'n Drive offers a full range of home charging station products to suit your needs. Visit our Charge My Car Online Store to find your solution. If you 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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