Finally ready to buy an electric vehicle? You’ll immediately love the fact that you will never have to stop to get gas. You will, however, have to keep your battery charged, and you can do that by installing your own electric vehicle charging station at home. This guide goes over everything you need to know.

Level 1 Charging

The most basic way to charge an electric vehicle (or plug-in hybrid) is by just plugging it into a regular outlet in your home or garage. A 120-volt outlet constitutes Level 1 charging, and it will get your battery charged eventually. Because it only adds between three and five miles of range per hour, getting a full charge will take a while.

Level 2 Charging

The better way to charge up your car is to put in a Level 2 charging station, as this will get your battery juiced up overnight. You have a few choices for installation. First, you can create a setup that is directly connected to your home’s circuit. This is the most complicated — and expensive — method. Another option is to have a 240-volt outlet installed in an area with easy access to your car. Finally, you may be able to get an adaptor for the 240-volt outlet your dryer may already be using.

Level 3 Charging

Level 3 charging is the most powerful type, and this comes in the form of public charging stations. These typically use 440-volt or higher outlets, and these can’t be installed for home use. It is a good idea, however, to know where these stations are in your area if your battery starts to run low when you are away from home.

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