How does home electric car charging work?

To maximize the cost and convenience benefits of an electric car, you should charge it at home most of the time. Plugging in your EV overnight is convenient and also will help extend the life of your battery. All you need to do is plug the car in – just like you would a smartphone or laptop. Even better, the cheapest place and time to charge is at home while you’re sleeping, because many electrical utilities offer discounted rates during late-night hours. In order to charge at home, you’ll need to obtain a Level 2 charger – which is included in the purchase price of many but not all EVs – and have access to a 220-volt outlet where you park. If you don’t have such an outlet available, you will need the assistance of a professional electrician.