Charging Tips

Charging Tips
Great Tips

Can I plug my electric car into a regular outlet?

Yes, you can! All plug-in vehicles come with a Level 1 charging cord that you can plug directly into a standard household 120-volt outlet. There are two types of electric vehicles: battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. A battery-electric vehicle runs only on electricity. A plug-in hybrid runs mainly or solely on electricity until the battery is depleted, and is then powered by an internal combustion engine.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Electric car charging can take as little as 30 mins or more than 12 hours. Charging time depends on the speed of the charger and the size of the electric car battery.

Level 1: 110-Volt AC Wall Plug

From a standard electric plug, batteries recharge at a speed of 2 to 5 miles per hour of charging.  Depending on battery size, it could take 8-12 hours to recharge an electric car from empty to full.

Level 2: 240-Volt AC Changer

At home, the best way to charge your electric car is with a Level 2 charger. It can recharge 10-20 miles of range per hour. Talk with a qualified electrician to assess whether your electrical panel has the capacity for a Level 2 charger. Upgrades and permits at your expense may be necessary.

DC Fast Charging

Special high-powered equipment to deliver up to 60-80 miles of driving range in 20 minutes of charging.  Because installing this equipment is expensive, home installations are rare. These chargers are most common in high-traffic commercial centers or popular highway routes.

Where To Charge

  • Google Maps
Google recently updated Maps to include charging stations.

  • Apple Maps
Apple recently updated Maps to include charging stations.

  • Download Plugshare App 
You can search by the type of station—public, high power, or residential—and filter by the network provider. Its interactive map also shows residential chargers shared by PlugShare members.  

  • Download Chargepoint App
The ChargePoint app is quickly emerging as a favorite for commuters and other EV drivers. Its app shows ChargePoint stations in addition to other networks and public stations through a real-time map that lets you filter by type of charger, price, and network. With the app, you can locate open stations, see costs, check your charging status, and view your charging history.

  • Download EVHotels App
The specific functionality of the EVHotels app involves finding a place to lay your head at night. Drivers who want Hotels with EV charger stations can find over 250,000 hotels worldwide and get traveler rewards with the EVHotels system that is made for hospitality customers.