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Questions You Should Ask
To get the best answers, you need to ask the right questions. Here are some helpful questions to consider as you do your EV research.
What are the available home charging levels for EVs?
Most (EVs) will charge at one of two charging levels at home.
|Charging Level||Voltage||PHEV Charge Time||BEV Charge Time*||Description|
|Level 1||120 volts||3-7 Hours||9-20 Hours||Vehicles plug directly into a typical 120‐volt outlet.|
|Level 2||240 volts||1-3 Hours||4-8 Hours||Requires a charging station.|
*Charge time is influenced by electric miles driven, maximum charge rates, and battery capacity.
Do all EVs charge the same way?
In the early stages, there were inconsistencies in EV charging systems. However, there is now a uniform “connector” standard for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. Most EVs currently on the market or due to launch over the next several years comply with this standard.
How does EV charging differ at home and on the road?
To charge at home, you simply need to connect your EV to your home’s energy source with a standardized connector. To charge on the road, you can plug in at many workplaces, malls and parking structures that are equipped with charging stations for your convenience.
What rates are available to help save with my EV?
Interested in saving money by charging at night? In addition to your current Residential Plan, we offer two EV-friendly rate plans that let you charge at a lower rate during Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak hours. For more details on our available options, check out our EV Rates page.
How does EV charging work for customers who have solar systems?
They are eligible for the same rate options as all other EV customers. The electricity generated from a solar energy system could help offset the EV charging costs, depending on the system’s efficiency, the weather, and other factors.
How does paying for kilowatt hours compare to buying gasoline?
The cost of charging an EV may be significantly less than the cost of filling up at the gas pump. It works out to be about the same as paying $1 for a gallon of gas when charging during Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak hours on an SCE rate plan designed for EVs.
How will charging an EV at home affect my monthly bill?
EV charging will increase your monthly bill. How much it goes up will depend on your electricity rate plan, your current monthly electrical use, how much EV charging occurs, and the time you charge. Keep in mind, electricity rates are higher in summer than in winter. To manage your costs, look into choosing a Time-Of-Use rate that lowers charging costs during evening, night, and morning hours, and time your electricity use accordingly.
How much will charging installation cost?
Charging installation costs will vary significantly according to the type of installation you select (standard outlet or charging station) and any other equipment and electrical work required at your home. Charging station location and metering arrangements may also affect your initial costs.
How can I start “fueling” my EV at home?
Ready to get on your way to “fueling” your EV at home? There are several charging and installation options to fit your specific needs. To determine the right option, you’ll need to factor in your home’s structural conditions, such as meter location and how the electrical wiring is set up.