How Do Electric Car Charging Stations Work?

EV Charging Station with Chevy Models

If you’re considering an EV, you likely have a lot of questions about how much electric car charging stations cost, how they work, and more! Take a moment to learn everything you need to know. Then, apply for financing and reach out to Five Star Automotive Group dealer near you to schedule a test drive. We have locations in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio, so we’re likely close by, whether you live in Warner Robins, GA, or Florence, SC!

Types of Electric Car Charging Stations

So, how do electric car charging stations work? The first part of the answer to this question is to explain the different types of electric charging stations. These include:

  • Level 1 Charging Stations: Level 1 charging stations are domestic 120-volt chargers that you can use to connect your car to any three-pronged outlet in the garage of your home. They can take more than 24 hours to fully charge the battery of your vehicle, but they’re good for slowly topping off your battery while you hang out at home or sleep.
  • Level 2 Charging Stations: These chargers are available domestically and commercially. These chargers can fill up your battery overnight, or replenish a few dozen miles of charge at a commercial station in 45 minutes. If you plan on purchasing this type of charger for your home, you’ll need an electrician to install a 240-volt outlet in your garage and wire it to your power panel, which also may need to be upgraded. We can walk you through the steps in detail should you take this path.
  • Level 3 Charging Stations: These stations are available commercially and can replenish your battery from 10% to 80% in anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes, depending on what type of EV you drive!

As for charging ports, all Level 2 charging ports for EVs made after 2000 are J1772 charging ports. Unless you drive a Tesla, your car is likely compatible with this type of port. Charging ports for Level 3 chargers are designated as either CCS or CHAdeMo chargers. Most Level 3 chargers feature both types and are compatible with your car, regardless of whether it’s supposed to be charged with a CCS or CHAdeMO. That said, if you drive a Tesla, you’ll need to fill up exclusively at Tesla charging stations.

Electric Car Charging Station Costs

Charging at home tends to be much cheaper than charging at a commercial station. To determine how much you’ll pay per kilowatt by the hour, consult your electric company. As for commercial chargers, the costs of charging with a Level 2 charger will run from $15 to $25 for a full battery. Meanwhile, a Level 3 charger will cost you between $30 and $45. Bear in mind that the price of a kilowatt varies depending upon city-wide demand, so charging costs will vary, depending on the time of day.

Test Drive Electric Vehicles at Five Star Automotive Group Dealership Near You

Now that you know how EV charging stations work and how much electric car charging stations cost, reach out to one of our dealerships! Our associates can help you find the perfect EV for your needs and break down the perks of the free lifetime powertrain warranty that accompanies all new vehicle purchases!


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