20 Dec '12, 7pm

The Basics of Electric Vehicle Public Charging

The Basics of Electric Vehicle Public Charging

Most electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home overnight. But charging on the road allows you to drive more than the range of a single charge. To cover the basics, we’ll explore the types of charging, how to find public charging stations, and the best way to plan a trip. Types of Charging There are three different types of charging supported by modern EVs. Level 1 This is the slowest and most accessible type of charging, which uses the common U.S. household outlet. You'll need the cord set that generally comes with a new EV purchase. For a plug-in car like the Nissan LEAF or Chevy Volt , a Level 1 charge, sometimes called "trickle charge," will provide about 4 to 5 miles of range per hour of charging. That’s not very helpful for a quick stop, but you can find these outlets nearly anywhere you stop. Level 1 is sufficient for locations where your car will be parked f...

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