EV Charging types and locator maps

3 Ways to Power Up Your Electric Vehicle

Most EVs offer three convenient options for charging:

Level 1 (120 volt)

  • Lets you charge with a standard 120-volt wall outlet

  • Provides up to five miles of range for each hour plugged in

  • The slowest and least expensive way to charge, but can still replenish a standard San Diego commute of 25 miles or more overnight

Level 2 (240 volt)

  • Cuts the charging time of a Level 1 

  • Provides up to 10-20 miles of range per hour

  • Can be installed at personal residences and can be found in the public as well

DC Fast Charger (480 volt) Supercharges Your EV

  • Only found at public charging stations

  • Provide about 50 miles for every 15 minutes you charge

  • Locations and availability at the PlugShare website


Depending on the manufacture of vehicle, there are different nozzle faces for the higher levels of charging. Some examples include:

  • BMW, Chevy, and VW all have what are called CCS Combo DC Fast Charge nozzles
  • Most Asian manufactured brands have a CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge nozzle. Tesla owners can purchase an adapter that will allow them to use a Chademo DC Fast charger as well

Most DC Fast Charging locations will have at least one nozzle of each type.

Finding an EV charger

Public charging stations

Charging your electric vehicle from home (calculators: gas vs. electric costs)

Find out how annual gasoline costs compare to EV electric costs. Learn more.

Shopping for a charger for your home

Visit SDG&E’s Marketplace and explore the selection of safety certified Level 2 home chargers. Always be sure to use a certified electrician when making electrical changes to your home.