Do I Need a Level One, Two, or Three EV Charger?

Man charging electric car at home.

Electric vehicles (EVs) have slowly gained traction over the past few years. More and more people are realizing the benefits of driving electric, ranging from lower emissions to cost savings on fuel. However, owning an EV also requires some planning and thoughtful decision-making.

One important aspect is choosing the right EV charger for your home. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between Level One, Two, and Three EV chargers and help you determine which one may be right for you.

Level One Chargers

Level One chargers are the most basic type of EV charger. They are usually provided by the manufacturer or dealership and require a standard 120-volt outlet. They have a power output of around 1.4 kilowatts (kW) and typically take approximately 8-12 hours to charge an EV fully. Level One chargers are best suited for people who drive short distances and have ample time to charge their vehicle overnight. They are often used in households where there is no dedicated EV charger and rely on a regular power source.

Level Two Chargers

Level Two chargers are the most common type of home EV charger. They require a 240-volt outlet and have a power output of around 6-9 kW, charging an EV in under four hours. Level Two chargers offer greater convenience than Level One, especially for those who frequently drive but can still charge their vehicle overnight. They are also more versatile, providing better compatibility with a wide range of EV makes and models.

Level Three Chargers

Level Three, or DC fast chargers, are much more powerful than Level One or Two, with a power output of up to 100 kW. This allows them to charge an EV in under an hour. However, Level Three chargers require specialized equipment and installations and are typically only found in public locations such as malls and rest stops. Installing a Level Three charger at home is costly and impractical for most homeowners.

Energy-Efficient EV Charger Installation in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Southern CT

Choosing the right EV charger depends heavily on your individual needs. A Level One charger may suffice if you only drive short distances and have plenty of time to charge overnight. However, a Level Two charger is likely the better option if you frequently drive or have multiple EVs in your household. Its faster charge time and greater compatibility offer greater convenience and flexibility. At Beacon Solar Construction, we can help you determine the best EV charger for your home and carry out a professional installation that meets your needs.

Contact us today at (508) 570-5889 or visit our website to schedule a consultation.

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