Are All Electric Car Chargers the Same?

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If you are thinking about making the switch to an EV or upgrading your current electric vehicle in Raleigh, you may be wondering if all electric car chargers are the same. You are certainly not alone. It is a common question we hear at Hendrick Buick GMC Cary, Fortunately for EV enthusiasts, electric car chargers are universal! All EVs use the same standard plug for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. There is only one form of EV charging that is brand-exclusive, and that is the Tesla Supercharger. If you would like to know more about the different types of electric car chargers, read on to see which charging method best suits your needs.


What are the Different Types of Electric Car Chargers?

Apex drivers have three different charging options to choose from – Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. What sets the levels apart is how fast they operate. Let’s take a closer look:

Level 1 Charging

Level 1 chargers have a charging speed of 3 to 5 miles per hour. This is the most convenient type of EV charging method because all you need is a standard 120-volt household outlet. However, Level 1 charging is the slowest of them all, making it better suited for plug-in hybrid vehicles due to their smaller batteries.

Level 2 Charging

Level 2 charging can add anywhere from 12 to 80 miles to your EV per hour. You can have a Level 2 charging station installed at your home by an electrician.You will also likely see them while you are out and about in Holly Springs at workplaces or in public places like plazas.

Level 3 Charging

Level 3 charging is the fastest of them all, with a charging speed of 3 to 20 miles per minute. This is because Level 3 chargers utilize a direct current. Level 1 and Level 2 chargers, on the other hand, use an alternating current. Generally, Level 3 charging stations cannot be installed at home because they will overload the power panel.

Get the EV 411 at Hendrick Buick GMC Cary

Now that you know about the different types of electric car chargers, you may have other questions about going all-electric. That’s ok! The team at Hendrick Buick GMC Cary is here to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Contact us today or stop by in person. You can also continue to research your favorite GM models in the meantime.


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