Ask your auto dealer what the vehicle manufacturer recommends for getting your home plug-in ready. Charging times vary depending on how far you drive between charging, the speed of your charging equipment and the capabilities of your EV. For vehicles and charging units capable of shorter charging times, higher-power electrical connections may be required – similar to the electrical connection for a clothing dryer.
Know your driving needs to choose charging options that work best for you. If your EV has access to a 120-volt outlet you can start charging today.
- Standard 120-volt charging cord that comes with your car and can plug in to any standard household outlet.
- Specialized 240-volt charging units installed by your electrician.
Your EV dealer and manufacturer can provide you with more charging option information. They can also recommend charging equipment installers in your area. Some EVs and specialized charging units can be programmed to start and stop charging automatically, at the times when electricity prices are lower.
Apartments and Condos
If you live in a multi-unit residence, installing plug-in vehicle charging equipment may require approval from your home-owners' association (HOA). Since these installations are often in common areas, it’s important to involve your HOA as soon as possible. Here are some suggested steps to help get your community plug-in ready.