EV Charging Outside Your Home – What You Don’t Know About Where To Charge Your Car

PUBLIC EV charging requires knowledge of compatibility considerations.

And EV charging ports can vary depending on government regulations and vehicle manufacturers.

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Level 1 charging is the slowest public charging option for electric vehicles – it takes 10 hours or more to reach a full charge.

Most EV drivers using a Tier 1 charger do so at home and overnight.

Level 1 chargers plug into a standard 120 volt outlet and feature an SAE J1772 connector.

According to the US Department of Energy, as of 2021, over 80% of public EVSE charging stations in the US will be Level 2.

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Tier 2 charging stations tend to pop up at malls, train stations, and other public destinations that attract crowds.

Others may be lucky enough to have a Level 2 charger at their place of work.

Level 2 chargers offer a full charge in about 8 hours and include an SAE J1772 connector, ChargeHub reports.

Tier 3 chargers are the fastest and least common public EV chargers alongside Tier 1 chargers.

There are fewer Level 3 charging stations as most manufacturers work to make their electric vehicles compatible with the technology.

Level 3 chargers deliver an 80% charge in 20-30 minutes and, unlike their counterparts, use DC power.

There are different sub-tiers of DC fast chargers, each with different capabilities.

Level 3 chargers produce between 400 and 900 volts, according to PC Mag.

Level 3 chargers are reserved for public charging only.

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The most common fast chargers are the CHAdeMO and SAE Combo configurations, ChargeHub reports.

You can find a public charging station in popular apps such as Google Maps or Apple Maps. EV Charging Outside Your Home – What You Don’t Know About Where To Charge Your Car

Chris Barrese

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