FAQs about EV Charging Stations
Here you’ll be able to find answers to the most frequently asked EV Charging questions. If you have a question and can’t find an answer here, please free to submit it below and we’ll give you an answer to you question.
What is a Level 2 EV Charger?
EV chargers are categorized by levels: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 or DC Fast Chargers (DCFC). A Level 2 charger is a high-power rate option that can charge your vehicle in less time than a Level 1 charger, while still being suitable for residential and commercial applications. DCFCs, on the contrary, are mainly reserved for large commercial and industrial applications.
Do All EVs Use the Same Connector?
All Level-1 and Level-2 EV Chargers feature a standard plug or connector, receiving the name of type 1 connector. A type 1 connector is an international standard plug known as the SAE J1772 connector or simply as a J connector.
But this is not the case for DC Fast Chargers (DCFC). They tend to feature different plugs depending on the EV manufacturer,
How fast are Level-2 EV chargers?
The level-2 charging stations are extremely fast compared to regular Level 1 chargers. The most common 240V charging station features a power rate of 7.5kW, but Level 2 chargers can feature power ratings going from 3kW up to 20kW. Charging speed in kilowatt-hour per mile varies between EV models. For instance Tesla Model 3 could get as much as 83 miles of charge in a single hour and could be fully charged in 3 hours.
How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car?
Charging cost for electric cars varies on two factors: electricity and efficiency. Highly efficient electric cars consuming 27 kWh per 100 miles, represent a cost of $0.028 per mile, considering the average cost for electricity as ¢/10.7 per kWh. This means that charging a 200-mile range vehicle costs around $5.6.
What is OCPP?
OCPP (Open Charge Point Protocol) is a shared language which is used by EV Charger and Software management platforms to communicate to each other. Not all electric vehicle chargers are OCPP compliant. But the ones who are enjoy a wide selection of features.