Electric vehicle chargers are the power outlets (also called EVSE, or electric vehicle supply equipment) that allow your car to recharge. They come in different types and flavors, based on your car’s plug type. Unlike smartphones that can use any wall charger, an EV charger has to match the kind of outlet your car uses, and not every public charging station is compatible with all EVs. Most modern EVs have an SAE J1772 connector, but some like the Tesla Model 3 use a different design that’s only compatible with its own public Supercharger network.
What is EV and its types?
There are many places to charge your EV outside of your home, including public charging stations and some workplaces, which are often free. However, it’s much more convenient and cost-effective to install a Level 2 EV charger at home. Many EV owners report that having a dedicated electric vehicle charger charging setup makes the switch to electric driving even more enjoyable.
The best EV chargers are UL Listed, an industry standard that means the equipment has been third-party tested for safety and has received the highest mark possible from Underwriters Laboratories. It’s also important to make sure your EV charger is compatible with your home electrical system; the more power it pulls, the bigger a job your breaker box or wiring will need to handle.
There are a number of different ways to get an EV charged, but the fastest options are DC fast chargers or Level 3. These are found at some public locations such as airports and offer up to an 80% battery refill in about 30 minutes. Some EVs have onboard chargers capable of Level 3, but most require a special hardwired 240-volt home charging station that requires an electrician to install.