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Charging your electric car

22 Feb 2023 10 mins to read
Charging your electric car Learn how and where you can charge your electric car at home, at work, while traveling, and in cities. Charging electric cars. One of the great things about electric vehicles (EVs) is that they charge simply from an outlet.
Charging your electric car
Summary:

Although most charging takes place at home, there are more than 100 public electric vehicle charging locations, including more than 15,000 fast charging stations.

Before using a public charging station, there are four simple but important things to do

  1. Check the type of plug you have. It really is that simple.
  2. Use the app/website to find a public charging station.
  3. Register on behalf of the network. This will allow you to activate the charging station using your smartphone app or RFI D.
  4. Know your charging station etiquette.

Know your outlets.

 Know your outlets.

Charging stations have different types of outlets, depending on the manufacturer and the power level offered. You need to know what ports you have and, therefore, what plugs you can plug into your car.

This may seem complicated, but the rates are actually very simple. In fact, charging stations are either made by Telsa for Tesla cars or are public stations with many plugs to serve everyone else. Tesla cars can also use public stations if they have the proper adapters.

J1772

 J1772

The J1772 or "J-Plug" is a typical North American plug type that can be found on all non-Tesla EV vehicles. Tesla cars can use the J-Plug with a small, inexpensive adapter.

All cars other than Tesla EVs have this connector - but if the car only has this port, as is the case with some older models and hybrids, "Level 3" does not give access to fast charging stations.

Combined Charging System (CCS)

 Combined Charging System (CCS)

The CCS port provides fast charging and uses a J1772 port with an extra pin, which is usually covered by a black or orange plastic bulb. In other words, your car only has one port for charging. It looks like a J1772 with an extra connector on the bottom.

Chademo.

 Chademo.

The Chademo is a popular quick charger by Japanese carmakers and is usually located next to the J-1772 port in North America. Chademo ports are currently located on Nissan EVS and older Mitsubishi and Kia models.

Tesla.

 Tesla.

Tesla cars are equipped with unique plugs specific to the vehicle. The same port is used for all Tesla charging stations.

Charging Stations.

 Charging Stations.

These doors provide EVS access to three different levels of charging. These are known in the industry as Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 or Continuous High Speed Charging (DCFC).

Level 1.

 Level 1.

Level 1 is known as verbal "trickle charging." All electric cars are accompanied by a series of cables connected to the J-1772 or Tesla port of the car, with the other end plugged into a regular household outlet. The cars can usually gain 8-10 kilometers of autonomy per hour. This makes it the slowest method of charging, but still sufficient for most daily trips.

Level 2

 Level 2

Level 2 chargers are common and can be found in community centers, parks, malls, hotels, parks and recreation areas. Electric car owners usually install such a station in their garage at home, using a 240V connection.

These charging stations use a J1772 plug in addition to the Tesla version. Here, of course, the Tesla plug is used. They provide more power than the typical selling point, and most cars have autonomy at 20-40 km/h.

Tesla cars can use the J1772 charging stations through a small inexpensive adapter.

Level 3

 Level 3

Level 3 charging is best known as continuous fast charging or simply "fast charging." These charging stations allow most electric vehicles to charge at 80 percent per hour, making them more convenient for on-road driving.

The fast charging stations have two plugs, one CC and one Chademo; you can only use one plug, but the station is designed to be used regardless of your plug type. Because Teslas have their own type of charging door, a Chademo adapter is required to use these public stations.

Fast-charging networks are produced all over Canada and the United States. Before you use one of these stations, read our article about public charging stations and learn about grid eligibility and etiquette.

Transloading charging stations.

 Transloading charging stations.

Transloaders charge stations created by Tesla for use from their vehicles. Tesla gives reloaders autonomy of 10-20 kilometers per minute. In addition, because of their unique charging capabilities, Tesla transloaders are not compatible with electric vehicles from other manufacturers.

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