Are All Electric Car Chargers the Same?

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If you currently own an electric vehicle, or you’re interested in transitioning to one, then you know that these automobiles require charging in order to power you through your Sacramento travels. However, are all electric car chargers the same? If you purchase a new EV, does that mean you have to purchase a totally new charger? Fortunately, you don’t have to because electric car chargers are universal! All EVs require the same standard plug for Level 1 and Level 2 charging, which are the two most common forms of charging. The only form of charging that is exclusive to a specific brand is the Tesla Supercharger.

Keep reading with Elk Grove Volkswagen to learn more about the different types of electric car chargers. Then be sure to check out our selection of new vehicles where you can find fuel-efficient EVs!

What Are the Different Types of Electric Car Chargers?

Roseville drivers will have access to three different types of electric car chargers: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. What distinguishes each charger from the others is the speed at which they can charge vehicles. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of electric car chargers, their charging speeds, and where they’re typically found.

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 chargers have a charging speed of 3 to 5 miles per hour (depending on your vehicle). This form of EV charging uses a 120-volt household outlet, and all EVs can be charged on Level 1 simply by plugging the charging equipment into a standard wall outlet. Because Level 1 charging is the slowest of them all, it’s good for plug-in hybrid vehicles since they have smaller batteries. Other than that, Level 1 charging isn’t recommended for drivers who are constantly on the road; it’s much better suited for Folsom drivers who don’t intend on taking out their EVs very far from home.

Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging can add anywhere from 12 to 80 miles to your EV per hour (depending on your vehicle). Level 2 is great if you plan on using your EV for running errands around town, commuting to work, and traveling long distances in general. This type of charging can be installed at your home, at workplaces, or in public places like plazas. If you choose to install a Level 2 charging system at your house, you expect it to charge your vehicle much more quickly than a Level 1 charger.

Level 3 Charging

Level 3 charging is the fastest of them all, with a charging speed of 3 to 20 miles per minute (depending on your vehicle). Level 3 chargers utilize a direct current, whereas Level 1 and Level 2 chargers use an alternating current. Plus, Level 3 charging requires a much higher voltage, so you typically won’t see these in homes because most residences simply don’t have the power to accommodate them.

Learn More About EVs with Elk Grove Volkswagen

Now that you know about the different types of electric car chargers, if you need assistance with deciding which charger is right for your EV, or if you’re searching for the perfect EV for your lifestyle, contact Elk Grove Volkswagen today. When you work with our Elk Grove dealership, not only will you be privy to our exceptional customer service, but you’ll also have access to amazing vehicle specials where you can find great deals on a wide array of models!


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