“Fueling up” at home can be as simple as connecting your electric vehicle (EV) to a standard outlet. For faster charging, you may want to install a charging station. But before you do, we recommend you ask a licensed electrician to review the electrical infrastructure of your home. Here are some things you’ll want to discuss with your electrician:
- The type of EV you have
- Where you’ll park your EV
- The type or speed of charger you want
Are you considering installing a Level 2 charging station? The Charge Ready Home Installation Rebate program helps cover the costs for a permit and electrician fees when you install a charging station in your home. To be eligible, you’ll need to be on a qualifying Time-of-Use rate plan and have a dedicated parking space.
Most of the time, you’ll charge up your EV at home. But when you’re on the road, you can find places to plug in along the way. Many workplaces, malls, and parking structures are equipped with charging stations for your convenience, with more stations being installed every day. Check out the Department of Energy’s list of public charging stations in your area.
How long does it take to recharge your EV’s battery? It depends on your battery capacity and how much driving you’ve done since your last charge. It also depends on which of the two common charging levels or voltages you use. Level 1 works with your existing 120-volt outlets. Level 2 charges your EV faster, but requires 240 volts and likely an electric wiring upgrade.
When it comes to energy rates, EV drivers can choose from a few options. Finding the best one for you is as easy as using our EV Rate Assistant tool. It gives you a detailed rate comparison and shows you what your EV fueling costs would be versus filling up with gas.