About Electric Vehicle Charging
CHOOSING AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION
There are 3 different levels of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (or EVCS) available on the market today.
Requires no infrastructure change, but is the least powerful and slowest charge. A standard 120-volt cord set is used that is provided with all electric vehicles. Full charging an EV with a level 1 charger takes on average between 7-30 hours, and can take longer for longer range EVs.
The most preferred and cost-effective charging for most businesses and multi-family dwellings. 208/240-volt wall mounted or pedestal based charging stations are installed, charging vehicles 3-5 times faster than standard level 2 charging. Most local utility companies that offer incentives for EVCS installation require permanently installed level 2 stations. Portable level 2 stations are also available. Charging an electric vehicle at a level 2 EVCS averages from 2-10 hour from a completely drained to a completely full battery.
Also known as DC fast charging, this is both the fastest type of electric vehicle charging, and the most expensive to both install and to use. DC fast chargers use 440-480-volt devices that use direct current to charge an electric vehicle. Many EVs currently do not have the capability of using DC fast charging. Those that do can generally charge their vehicles to 80% capacity in 30 minutes or less.
ELECTRIC VEHICLE ACRONYMS
- BEV – Battery Electric Vehicle
- EV – Electric Vehicle
- EVCS – Electric Vehicle Charging Station
- EVSE – Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
- HEV – Hybrid Electric Vehicle
- ICE – Internal Combustion Engine
- kWh – Kilowatt-hour
- PEV – Plug-in Electric Vehicle
- PHEV – Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle
- TOU – Time of Use Electric Rate
- ZEV – Zero Emission Vehicle
For more acronyms and definitions, we recommend the Electric Vehicle Institute’s Electric Vehicle Acronym Glossary
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