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Level 2 Charger Installation San Diego

What’s the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 charging?

 

Level 1 Charging:

Level 1 charging refers to equipment which uses an alternating-current (AC), 120 volt (V) plug and a dedicated circuit to power your electric vehicle. A charger of this level comes standard with most electric vehicles and is portable, requiring no installation. The equipment consists of a cord connected to a household three-prong plug. The connector is plugged into the vehicle to transmit power to the car battery.

Level 1 is often used for the simple plug-and-charge method of powering your electric vehicle at home. Level 1 charging can be a very time-consuming process, which is why most EV owners with a Level 1 charger need to charge their car whenever their car is home. This restores it back to full power after driving around town during the day. This method works for drivers who have a short commute to work and aren’t taking any road trips, but if you need to power a standard EV from zero to full, it will take an average of 18 to 24 hours or more!

If you have access to an EV Level 1 charger at your office or in a parking garage somewhere, you could recharge between working and running errands, but what about when you’re on the road an extended period of time? Another limitation of Level 1 charging is that different climates may require more power to maintain the correct battery temperatures. If Level 1 charging just isn’t cutting it, it might be time to upgrade to Level 2.

Level 2 Charging:

Level 2 charging equipment uses an AC, 240V plug. This equipment does require installation by a qualified electrican as a home charging option. Even public Level 2 chargers require installation by experts. Level 2 chargers use a dedicated 40 or 50 amp circuit to power your electric car.

Level 2 charging can charge your car 6 times faster than Level 1 charging. A Level 2 charger, on average, fully recharges a battery in just 2 to 5 hours. This level of charging can be used for all-electric vehicles as well as hybrids. With Level 2 charging home owners can also save money by charging their car when they sleep. This takes advantage of the cheaper utility rates from Midnight to 5 AM when the utility has plenty of excess power and will sell it to you at a much lower rate.

If you have any questions about selecting or installing the right EV charger for your needs, the experts at Fast Charge EV are here to help. Give us a call to learn more!