All fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids have battery packs that are charged by connecting to the electricity grid in the same way you charge your smartphone or laptop. If you charge at home, the cost of the electricity gets added to your monthly bill and, on average, works out to fuel savings between $2,500-$3,000 per year when compared to gasoline. There are three levels, or speeds, 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 only need to charge for a short time 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 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 can charge your electric car in 25-30 minutes and are perfect for highway driving applications. Level 3 infrastructure in Canada is limited, but rapidly gaining momentum, especially in British Columbia and Québec.
Plug'n Drive offers a full range of charging stations to fit your needs. Visit our online store to find your charging solution.
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