Home Charging Options for Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle owners have 3 options to charge their vehicles at home: Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charge.

Level One Charging

Level One is the most basic charging level. If you choose this option, your EV will typically include an adapter that plugs into a typical 120-volt outlet. This is the easiest and cheapest charging solution, but it will take much longer to charge your EV.

Level Two Charging

Level Two is 3 to 5 times faster than Level One, but often requires separate purchases and installation. The EV is plugged into a 240-volt outlet, the type used for larger appliances such as a clothes dryer. Most homes do not include a 240-volt outlet in garages, so the outlet must be installed by a licensed professional. Level Two charging stations can often be found at shopping malls, office buildings, and multifamily community spaces.

DC Fast Charging

DC Fast Charge stations are typically found near high-traffic public areas such as gas stations, rather than in homes. This is the fastest charging level, with the ability to charge an EV to 80% in fewer than 30 minutes. As EVs become even more popular, you can expect to see more DC Fast Charge stations throughout the area.

If you are charging an EV at home, we would like to hear from you! Email PenLight. EV charging creates additional energy demand. The time of day you charge your EV can affect the grid and your monthly energy costs. We have helpful tools like MyMeter that can assist in viewing your home’s energy use and assist in finding an ideal time of day to charge your EV! To compare EV makes and models, analyze fuel savings, and learn about state incentives or rebates, visit the Penlight Choose EV page.