Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How powerful will my electric vehicle charger be and how long will it take to fully charge?
Home electric vehicle chargers utilize level 2 charging, which is considered heavy duty. On average, 1 hour of charging will provide 30-50 km of driving. A full charge will typically take around 2-10 hours, with the charging speed dependent on how many amps of charging are provided by the station. The normal amount is 20-40 amps of electricity, with 1 hour of charging on 40 amps providing approximately 64 km of driving range.
What is the difference between an electric vehicle charger installed at home and charging in public?
Although you will undoubtedly save money charging an electric vehicle compared to fueling a gasoline car, public level 2 charging stations tend to cost a little bit more at $2.50/charge or $1/hr, with the added inconvenience of having to drive down to a charging station (not unlike going to a gas station).
Public level 3 charging stations should be considered for long trips — not only because such strong charging can affect your battery’s life span, but the average cost tends to be around $15/hour, which is less than ideal for regular use.
How do I know if a certain electric vehicle charger is compatible with my vehicle?
As of 2021, most (if not all) electric vehicles follow the industry standard of a J1772 connector and charging cord. Besides the safety of your vehicle and home, another reason to have a licensed electrician get the job done is to quell any concerns about compatibility issues, which will normally not be a problem, as public charging stations tend to use the same hardware.