Electric cars must re-charge by plugging into the electricity grid. The majority of charging takes place at home overnight when the cost of electricity is low. 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 charges slow, but ensures that no matter where you are, you can always recharge.
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 fully recharge your electric car in 8 to 10 hours. Most of the stations you see in public spaces are Level 2.
Level 3 Charging (480 Volts/100 Amps)
Level 3 stations are often called "DC-Quick Chargers". DC-Quick Chargers will fully recharge your electric car in 25-30 minutes. Only fully electric cars have access to Level 3 charging. There are three types of Level 3:
CHAdeMO is a Japanese standard used by Hyundai, Nissan, Kia and Mitsubishi
SAE Combo is a European/North American standard used by BMW, Chevrolet, Ford and Volkswagen
Tesla Supercharger is used by Tesla Motors. All Tesla vehicles can be purchased with adapters for the other two types
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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