Level 1 – 120 Volt Charging:
Did you know that you can charge your electric car at home? It’s as simple as charging your phone! Just plug it into a typical 120 volt outlet (aka any three-prong outlet) and voila!
Because these outlets have a lower voltage, they are typically referred to as “slow chargers,” averaging between 12-15 hours for a full charge. All EVs will come with a standard charging cord that you can plug into this outlet—most cords are between 12-25 feet in length, making it easy to plug in anywhere in your garage or even inside your house!
This slow charging is perfect for drivers who drive less than 50 miles a day, depending on your car’s battery range (the typical American drives just 37 miles a day).
Pro-tip: You can program your car to charge overnight when electricity is cheapest. In fact, many utilities incentivize EV drivers to charge during these hours. As a bonus, most electricity sources are greener during off-peak and late-night hours because this is when wind energy is at its peak. This provides benefits for your wallet and your carbon footprint!
Level 2 – 240 Volt Charging:
Level 2 chargers use 220 volt outlets, which is the same type of outlet where you plug your dryer.
You can have these chargers installed in your residence—either in your garage or on an outside wall, depending on your preference. Most people go with a wall-mounted charger so that it takes up less space. You will need to call an electrician to install the charger because of the higher power capacity.
The price for the machine and the installation can range from $500-$2,000, however, you can often find rebates from your local utility, so be sure to check out their rebate programs. The federal government also provides a residential level 2 charger incentive for $1,000, which is set to expire on December 31, 2020, so take advantage of this deal now!
Level 2 chargers provide faster charging times for your vehicle. The duration to reach a full charge can range from 4-8 hours with this type of charger, which may be more convenient for EV owners that drive longer distances more frequently.
There are many options of where to purchase Level 2 EV Chargers. You can find them at stores like Home Depot, which offers a variety of options, or you can buy them straight from the manufacturer, like ChargePoint or Clipper Creek. Below are some resources to check out:
Home Depot – offers a variety of options including Siemens, ChargePoint, Juicebox, and Lectron ranging in price from $380-$740.
Amazon – offers a variety of options from Amazon brand to JuiceBox from Mustart to Electrify America and so much more.
Lowes – you can find Siemens level 2 chargers for sale at Lowes for prices ranging from $430-$735.
Level 2 Charger Manufacturers:
Note: we do not endorse any of these manufacturers over another. Please let us know if we are missing a brand!