Charger Types

Learn about the different types of chargers that can be used with Plug-In Hybrid Electric and Battery Electric vehicles.

There are three main types of chargers available: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 (or DC Fast). The right charger for you will depend on your vehicle and where you live and drive. Program participants are eligible for a rebate of up to $2,000 to help pay for a Level 1 or Level 2 home charger. Find out more by downloading the Home Charging Manual. If you choose a Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle, refueling your car is actually very similar to fueling a gasoline or diesel vehicle, with only slight differences. Learn more by downloading this handout.  

Level 1
  • Slowest charging speed, mostly residential charging
  • Plugged into standard 120 volt plug
  • Average charge time 8 to 15 hours
  • Good for evening charging
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Level 2
  • Typical EV charger, residential and public charging
  • Requires the work of an electrician to install a 240 volt plug
  • Average charge time 3 to 8 hours
  • Good for workplace charging, or other destinations
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Level 3* (or DC Fast)
  • Fastest charge, public charging only
  • Requires electricians to install a 480-volt transformer
  • Average charge time 20 minutes to 1 hour
  • Good for quick top-offs during trips
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Hydrogen Fuel Station
  • Refueling takes 5 minutes for roughly 300 miles of range
  • Similar to filling up a gasoline powered car
  • Many hydrogen stations are collocated with gas stations
  • Find a station near you: https://cafcp.org/stationmap
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*Some EVs are not compatible with DC Fast Chargers.

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