Are All Electric Car Chargers the Same?

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Many Corona drivers are making the switch to an EV or thinking about adopting the EV lifestyle. If this sounds like you, you may be asking questions like, “Are all electric car chargers the same?” If you purchase another new EV, will you have to also buy an entirely new charger? Fortunately, electric car chargers are universal! No matter which EV you select, it will have the same standard plug for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. The only form of charging that is exclusive to a specific brand, Tesla, is the Tesla Supercharger.



Riverside Kia discusses the different types of electric car chargers below.

Different Types of Electric Car Chargers

When you opt for an EV around Fontana, you will have access to three different types of electric car chargers: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. What sets the different types of electric car chargers apart? It’s the speed with which they charge the battery. Let’s take a closer look at your options.

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 chargers have a charging speed of 3 to 5 miles per hour, and they use a 120-volt household outlet. All you have to do to charge your vehicle with a Level 1 charger in San Bernardino is plug the charging equipment into a standard wall outlet. This method of charging is best suited to plug-in hybrid vehicles because they contain a smaller battery. If you primarily use your vehicle for local errands, Level 1 charging can be a great way to top off what was lost overnight.

Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging can add anywhere from 12 to 80 miles to your EV per hour. A Level 2 charging station can be installed at your home. However, this needs to be done by an electrician. You may also see Level 2 charging stations in public. Level 2 charging is the fastest method of home charging currently available.

Level 3 Charging

Level 3 charging is the fastest of them all, with a charging speed of 3 to 20 miles per minute. Unlike Level 1 and Level 2 chargers that use an alternating current, Level 3 chargers utilize a direct current. Because Level 3 charging requires a much higher voltage, it is not commonly used for home charging. Most residences simply don’t have the power to accommodate Level 3 charging stations.

Learn All About EV Ownership with Riverside Kia

Now that you know about the different types of electric car chargers, you may still have questions about adopting the EV lifestyle. That’s ok! The team at Riverside Kia would be more than happy to discuss the benefits of EV ownership. Stop by our showroom in Riverside today, or contact us for more information.


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