Where Can You Charge an Electric Car?

Charging an Electric Car

Finding a place to recharge might be easier than you think. With several convenient options available, let’s explore where you can charge an electric vehicle: at home, at a public charging station and at work.

Home Charging

As mentioned above, EVs can be charged at home with Level 1 or Level 2 chargers. A Level 1 charger has a simple cord like any other household appliance and does not require special installation. Level 2 chargers, on the other hand, operate at a higher voltage and do require a licensed professional electrician to perform a safe installation.

Public Charging

If you don’t have access to a home charger, you will likely need to use public charging stations. Public charging is usually at Level 2 or Level 3, and the cost of charging varies. Additionally, some chargers are free to use which we’ve highlighted on our Charging Network Map. Many of these charging stations are privately managed while others are either state owned or utility owned. 

To use public charging stations, it’s often required to register with the operating company or utility. There are various ways to use them: with a membership number or code, a charge card, a smartphone app or a combination. 

Workplace Charging

EV charging at work has become an added perk that benefits several stakeholders. It helps employers promote clean transportation and their corporate sustainability efforts, and it helps employees charge conveniently and affordably. It can also benefit building owners, as it is a great way to future-proof their commercial property and bring in extra revenue. Many employers provide workplace charging at no cost, while some have a fee-based structure to offset capital or operational costs. 

In addition, utilities and states may offer rebates to offset purchase and installation costs for commercial workplace charging. Depending on the business and its business model, it could be free to use or part of an extended retail charging network for which charging rates may be highly variable. 

Examples of workplace charging can include local businesses, malls, university campuses, healthcare facilities, utilities, federal agencies and more.