Having the best experience with an electric car means understanding the different kinds of charging, and when best to use them. We explain Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 charging, as well as their best use cases. We'll also show you how to maximize your range on each charge.
Overview of Electric Car Charging
Once you’ve settled into electric driving, you’re not going to want to go back. But getting the best experience does require an understanding of the different kinds of charging available for your electric car – and how to make the best use of them. Here's a simple guide.
Electric Car Terminology
Learning about electric vehicles comes with a whole new vocabulary. Fortunately, the language around batteries, charging, and electricity is easy to learn, and GreenCars is here to help.
Different Levels of Electric Car Charging
Not all ways to charge your electric vehicle are created equal. There are different kinds of chargers, fit for different purposes. Here’s a quick rundown of what level 1, level 2, and level 3 charging means.
Where to Find EV Charging Stations
If you're taking a trip and need to charge on the way, there are now over 40,000 charging stations across the United States – and that number is growing every day. Here are a few ways to locate the closest one when you need it.
Costs to Charge an Electric Car
When you switch to an electric car, one of the first things you’ll notice is that you won’t be buying gasoline anymore. But how much does it cost to charge an electric car? Read on to find out.
Using Public Charging Stations
Most electric car driving involves a daily routine, and charging at home or at work. But if you're on a longer trip, you may need to use a public charging station. What should you expect? Read on to find out.
Reasons to Avoid Fast Charging
DC, or Level 3, fast charging lets you fill up your electric car a lot faster than a Level 2, or AC charger, would. But Level 3 charging comes with some drawbacks as well. Read on to find out when to use it - and when not to.
Charging Electric Cars at Home
You’ll have the best experience with an electric car if you are already set up to charge at home by the time you take delivery. Fortunately, once you know what steps are needed, it’s easy to set up home charging – and we’re here to help.
Benefits of Home Charging
What are the benefits of electric cars? Some include reduced or zero emissions, smooth performance, and fuel savings. You will maximize those benefits – and maximize your convenience – if you can charge your electric car at home. Here's how you can have the best experience.