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Understanding Charging

BEVs can be recharged at different speeds depending on the capacity of the battery. Charging capacity can be divided into three categories:

Level 1 charging includes plugging in a standard cord set that plugs into a wall socket. This is the slowest level of charging (110 Volts/15 Amps) with an approximately 8 km range per hour of charging.

Level 2 charging is the most common level of charging with similar requirements to a clothing dryer or stove. Level 2 chargers can be installed in homes and commercial facilities by licensed electricians. They charge slightly faster than Level 1 chargers (240 Volts/30 Amps) with approximately 35 km range per hour of charging.

Level 3 charging/direct current (DC) is the fastest level of charging (480 Volts/100 Amps). Level 3 stations charge a battery from empty to 80% in 30-45 minutes with approximately 250 km range per hour of charging.