Where Can You Charge an Electric Car?
Where to Charge an Electric Car
Finding a place to recharge might be easier than you think. With several convenient options available, let’s explore where you can charge an electric vehicle: at home, at a public charging station and at work.
As mentioned above, electric cars can be charged at home with Level 1 or Level 2 chargers. A Level 1 charger has a simple cord like any other household appliance and does not require special installation. Level 2 chargers, on the other hand, operate at a higher voltage and do require a licensed professional electrician to perform a safe installation.
Here on GreenCars, we can help you find the best home charger for your car based on price, type and compatibility.
While charging at home will take care of most of your EV charging needs, it’s important to know about public charging, too. Public charging is usually at Level 2 or Level 3, and the cost of charging varies. Additionally, some chargers are free to use which we’ve highlighted on our Charging Network Map. Many of these charging stations are privately managed while others are either state-owned or utility-owned.
To use public charging stations, it’s often required to register with the operating company or utility. There are various ways to use them: with a membership number or code, a charge card, a smartphone app or a combination.
EV charging at work has become an added perk that benefits everybody. It helps employers promote clean transportation and corporate sustainability efforts, and it helps employees charge conveniently and affordably. It can also benefit building owners, as it is a great way to future-proof their commercial property and bring in extra revenue. Many employers provide workplace charging at no cost, while some have a fee-based structure to offset capital or operational costs.
In addition, many states and local utility companies offer rebates to offset purchase and installation costs for commercial workplace charging. Depending on the business and its business model, it could be free to use or part of an extended retail charging network for which charging rates may be highly variable.
Examples of workplace charging can include local businesses, malls, university campuses, healthcare facilities, utilities, federal agencies and more.
Next, let's review how to find a charging station.