Electric cars have battery packs that recharge by plugging into the electricity grid. You can recharge using a simple wall socket or an electric vehicle charging station.

The majority of charging will take place at home over-night when it is most convenient and the cost of electricity is lowest. Many businesses and work places are installing charging stations for employee and/or customer use throughout the day. 

The time it takes to fully recharge is based on the level, or speed, of charging. Keep in mind that you do not need a full charge to drive your car, just like you do not need a full charge to use your smartphone.

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 speed is Level 2. Easily installed in your garage or driveway, at storefronts and in parking lots, Level 2 stations can fully recharge your car in 8 to 10 hours. Canada and the U.S. use the same standard for Level 2, meaning any car can use any station in all of North America. 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 car in 30 minutes or less. Only fully electric cars have access to Level 3. There are three standards of Level 3:

  • CHAdeMO is an Asian standard used by Hyundai, Nissan, Kia and Mitsubishi

  • SAE Combo is a European/North American standard used by BMW, Chevrolet, Ford and Volkswagen

  • Supercharger is a Tesla-only standard. All Tesla vehicles can be purchased with adapters for the other two

Plug'n Drive offers a full range of home charging stations to suit your needs. Visit the 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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