‘EVSE’ stands for ‘electric vehicle service equipment’, also informally called a ‘Level 2’ charging station. They use a 240-volt outlet. All come with the same “J connector” that allow almost all plug-in electric vehicles to connect to any charging station.
How long will it take to charge my car?
Charging speed depends on numerous factors, including:
- State of charge when charging begins
- Type of charger (Level 1, 2 or 3)
- Size of EV battery
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to gain 5 to 8 kms of range per hour from a ‘Level 1’ charger, 10 to 30 kms of range per hour from a ‘Level 2’ charger, and 70 to 200 kms of range per hour from a ‘Level 3’ DC fast charger.
The reason for the variability is because the first part of the charge (when the battery is low) happens relatively quickly, while the last 20% takes longer.
For most EV drivers, fully recharging at home overnight with a ‘Level 2’ charger is easily accomplished.