There are three types of charging, known as “Level 1”, “Level 2” and “Fast charging”.
Level 1 means plugging your EV into a standard, grounded (3-prong) outlet that you likely already have in your garage or outside near your driveway. It is the simplest charging option but provides the slowest charge, charging at a rate of 4 to 5 miles of range per hour.
At home, a Level 2 charger requires the same type of outlet as clothes dryers (240V) and takes 3-11 hours to get your EV to full charge. Typically, level 2 home charging stations cost between $300 – $1000 plus the cost of an electrician to install it.
For level 1 and 2, make sure the power outlet or wall-mounted charging station will be located close to your vehicle’s connecting port, as charger cables usually run from around 15 to 25 feet in length.
Fast charging takes between 20-40 minutes for most EVs to reach full charge. Fast charging cannot be installed at home, but you can find them around town – at grocery stores and shopping centers, rest stops on the highway, and even at your workplace. Examples include Tesla chargers (available to Tesla drivers only) and Electrify America charging stations.
Access to electric vehicle charging at workplaces has increased dramatically in the last several years, so get in touch with your HR department to see if EV charging stations are available.
EV charging infrastructure in San José is slated to double in the next few years through a $14 million investment by San José Clean Energy and the California Energy Commission.