Charging Your Electric Vehicle at Home

Posted by Stephanie Junek on

Charging your electric vehicle is easy, you plug it into your vehicle supply equipment, adapter or charging station.  You need to charge your vehicle regularly and the length of time it takes for your vehicle to charge will depend on various things.  The type of equipment you are using, the batter type, the amount of range left on your battery between charges and the batteries energy capacity will all affect the time.  Charge times can vary from 20 minutes to longer than 20 hours depending on those variances. 

There are different classifications of power provided to your electric vehicle battery.  Some convert AC power to the DC electricity and some are DC fast charging, which provides the DC electricity to your vehicle. 

AC 120 Volt

This requires you to use a cord with a standard household plug and the other end has a connector standard to your vehicle requirements.  This is a common household option because there is no installation required of other equipment.  AC 120 Volt charging works anywhere there is a 120 Volt outlet available, which is pretty much anywhere.  This type of charging can add up to 5 miles of range per hour, depending on your battery and vehicle type. 

AC 220/240 Volt

220 Volt charging can require you install the correct outlet for this service or you can use your appliance outlet.  Many homes have 220 Volt appliance outlets, most commonly used for your dryer.  If you get an adapter you can turn your 220 Volt dryer outlets into an electric vehicle charging station at your own home.  This is convenient for overnight charging.  This type of charge can add up to 60 miles of range on per hour of charge time, depending on your battery and vehicle. 

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DC Rapid Charging

DC rapid charging is 480 Volts of AC, allowing for rapid charging.  This type of charge can add up to 100 miles of range in as little as 20 minutes of charging.  This type of charge is used at charging stations and is great for areas of heavy traffic. 

You can find charging stations nearby or along your scheduled route by using this link: afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations

If you want to install any type of equipment for 220 Volt charging into your home or office, you may need to obtain a permit, be required to hire a licensed electrician and have an inspection done, depending on your local, state or government codes and safety regulations. 

If you are an electrical vehicle owner, share with us what your set up is for charging your vehicle at home.  Leave your thoughts in the comments below.  

Stephanie Junek, AC Works brand manager, Marketing Manager, Blog Author, AC Works Connector Blog, Cordtec Power corp.


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8 comments

  • Hello Mavourneen. What EV do you have? Does the level 2 charging plug match the outlet in your shed? Please reach out to us with these additional details.
    If you have a Tesla with a Gen 2 Mobile Connector, you just need to have the corresponding plug on it.

    Christopher on
  • Hi – I have a 220 outlet in my shed for a pottery kiln. Can I plug my level 2 ev cable directly into it? Or do I need a “box”? Thanks

    Mavourneen Varcoe-Ryan on
  • Hello Dave. Yes, you should be able to. Please consult a local electrician to get the specifics on how it could be done.

    Christopher on
  • Hello. For some reason my house has 2 water heaters installed in the garage. We rarely ever have a need for that much hot water so we typically leave the breaker to one of them turned off to save on the electric bill. What I’m wondering is if it is possible to install an outlet and a switch so that I can direct power to either the rarest used water heater, or a plug for my EV depending on which has the need at the time? The water heater is on a 30 amp line. Thank you.

    Dave F on
  • Hello Phillip. Fast charging stations and level 2 charging stations typically have their own cables for you to use there. If you own a Tesla, the different stations are programmed into your map so you can find them easily. Depending on the station, it will charge the fees automatically to you, or you just have to pay at the sation.

    Christopher on

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