Charging your Electric Vehicle
If you have an outlet in your garage or near your driveway, home charging is probably the most convenient option for your daily commute. However, when you’re on the go and running out of juice, there are always options. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure is quickly expanding, with nearly 1,000 locations and over 3,200 DC fast charging outlets in Georgia alone. This means it will take you 20-30 minutes to get a full charge at a public outlet. Government grants are also available to help initiate fast chargers in public centers and places of employment to ease range anxiety and ensure a full charge. Organizations like Clean Cities-Georgia can help facilitate alternative fuel stations and ensure maximum rebates.
Where do I find a charging station when I'm on the go?
There are plenty of websites and apps to locate charging stations no matter where you are. PlugShare, ChargePoint, EVgo, ChargeHub, ChargeWay, Charge Map, and Tesla are just the start of the list of station locators. Check out the U.S. Department of Energy’s interactive map below to see where the closest outlets are in your town!
What types of chargers are there?
Level 1 (L1)
A level 1 charger is like plugging your car into your standard home outlet. While this means you don't have to install a separate charging station at your house, L1 chargers can take anywhere from 8 to 12 hours to get a full charge.
Level 2 (L2)
Level 2 chargers require the installation of a charging port whether it be residential or public. these chargers have a cord that plugs directly into your car and depending on the vehicle, can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to get a full charge.
DC fast charging (DCFC)
DC (Direct Current) is the fastest charging equipment for electric vehicles. In this form of charging, the vehicles battery (which is also DC) is connected to an external AC to DC power supply. In 20-30 minutes, a DC fast charger can deliver 60-100 miles depending on the vehicles technology. It is important to know your car's DC plug type to locate charging stations accordingly.