The majority of your charging takes 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 charge 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 and plug-in hybrid electric cars 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 charge your car from empty to full in 8 to 10 hours. Canada and the U.S. use the same plug standard, meaning any car can use any charging station across 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 charge your car from empty to full in 30 to 45 minutes. 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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