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Charging and Installation Options

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Plugging In at Home

“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

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Power Up With a Rebate

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.

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Plugging In on the Go

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.

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Charging Levels and Times

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.

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Level 1 (120 volts): 3 to 20 Hours Charge Time

A full charge at Level 1 can take as little as 3 hours, depending on your EV type and how empty your battery is. Since the charging cord set provided with your vehicle will use a customary household 120-volt outlet, there is no need for equipment installation. We recommend that you charge at this level on a dedicated 20-amp circuit. It’s always a good idea to have your electric infrastructure inspected by a licensed electrician before your first charge.

Level 2 (240 volts): 1 to 8 Hours Charge Time

Level 2 charging is faster and may take as little as 1 hour, again depending on your EV type and how empty your battery is. If you want a Level 2 charging station at your home, you’ll need a 240-volt line installed by a licensed electrician.

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Your Route to the Right Rate

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.

Let Us Know About Your New EV!

Help us check the electric infrastructure serving your charging location. We will contact you if we need to conduct an evaluation at your residence.

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