The Levels of Electric Vehicle Charging Explained

Electric vehicles will give drivers a whole new experience different from pumping fuels to their cars. Aside from saving you from breathing toxic fumes and smelling like gas after filling up your tank, the electric revolution will also offer convenience. As you prepare for the inevitable electrification, it is worth educating yourself and save tons of money.   Robert Janitzek gives us a glimpse of the different kinds of charging.

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 charging is the technical term for plugging your car into an ordinary household outlet. A full charged electric vehicle will have different ranges. The maximum power you can get with a level 1 charger is 1.9 kilowatt. However, single charging may not suffice. You still need to have an alternative especially if you will be away for several days. For example, you can stop by at a charging station and do some shopping while your EV is charging up. Level 1 is ideal for overnight charging. However, if you are going on a road trip, Level 1 is not the suitable method.

DC Fast Charging

Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that DC fast charging is the fastest type of charging currently available. It allows 40 miles of range for every 10 minutes of charging. Unfortunately, they are quite expensive and it is unlikely that you will have one of these in your garage. This type of charging can get back 80% of a full charge while you are having a meal or drinking coffee. As a fast charger, a single charge is enough to take you on a whole day trip. However, it still cannot take you 800 miles. The maximum power of as Level 1 DC is 36 kilowatts while for a Level 2 DC it is 90 kilowatts.

Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging supplies 240 volts to the electric car similar to what an electric dryer or oven consumes. This type of charging goes through a box and cord that improves safety by sending power to the plug until it is plugged into the electric vehicle. Level 2 charging delivers about 70 miles of range for every hour of charging. Most plug-in hybrids are either Level 1 or Level 2 charging.

Wireless Charging

 Wireless charging is also called inductive charging and is still relatively new in the market. With a wireless charger, all you have to do is drive the electric vehicle over the charger to start the charging process.

As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, these charging levels will be crucial for every driver.


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