Charging 101

Unlike gaso­line or diesel cars, EV own­ers can “refill” at home—just pull into your garage and plug it in using a stan­dard out­let! Charg­ing is easy about about 80% of EV dri­vers charge at home.

You can also install a Lev­el 2 charg­er in your garage or where you park your car with help from an elec­tri­cian. If you need a quick­er charge at home and you don’t have con­ve­nient access to a pub­lic or work­place charg­er, this may be the best option for you.

There is a grow­ing net­work of charg­ing sta­tions in Col­orado — with more are being added every day.

Level 1 Chargers
  • Full charge in over 12 hours
  • Typ­i­cal, 3‑pronged house­hold out­let (120 V)
  • 20 amp circuit
  • Portable, mobile charger
  • Con­nect­ing charg­ing cable that attach­es to car cable typ­i­cal­ly comes with the pur­chase of the car
Level 2 Chargers
  • Full charge in 3–5 hours
  • Laun­dry room or oven out­let (240 V)
  • 40 amp circuit
  • Wall-mount­ed and can­not be transported
Level 3 Chargers (DC Fast Chargers)
  • Full charge in about 20–30 minutes
  • Not avail­able for home instal­la­tion (480 volts)
  • Usu­al­ly locat­ed road­side or in high­way corridors
  • CHAde­MO or CCS (non Tes­la) chargers
  • Will degrade bat­tery faster than slow chargers
Breaking down the charging cost formula
  • Lev­el 1: $0.11/kWh (aver­age CO cost) x 1.9 kW max capa­bil­i­ty = $0.21/hour
  • Lev­el 2: $0.11/kWh x 6.6 kW max capa­bil­i­ty = $0.73/hour

For more infor­ma­tion on charg­ing rates, click here.



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