Public Charging Stations

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EV Charging on the Go

Find the Right EV Charger

How to find EV charging stations near me while traveling? Is there a portable charger for EV cars? How much does it cost?

EV charging speeds vary widely among charger levels, different cars use different charging connector types, prices and payment methods vary by charging networks. Yes, you can easily locate public EV charging stations using online maps, which may also provide charging tips and reviews.

EV Charger Levels

When road tripping, big chances you can find level 2 EV charging station at hotel or works place parking lot. But DC fast chargers are the most useful for road trips, which you can expect a 80 percent recharge in anywhere 20 to 60 minutes.

EV Charger - Level 2

  • Connector Type: SAE J1772
  • Voltage: AC 208V – 240V
  • Power Output: 7 kW – 19 kW
  • Charge Time PHEV (0 to 80%): 1 – 2 hours
  • Charge Time BEV (0 to 80%): 4 – 10 hours
  • Charging Range per Hour: 10 – 30 miles
  • Locations: Home, Workplace, Restaurants, Grocery stores and in towns and cities everywhere
  • Best for Plug-in hybrid EV with overnight charging
EV charging on the go

DC Fast Charger - Level 3

  • Connector Type: CCS
  • Voltage: DC 400V – 1000V
    Power Output: 50 – 350 kW
  • Charge Time BEV (0 to 80%): 20 minutes – 1 hour
  • Charging Range per Hour: 180 – 240 miles
  • Locations: Public
  • Best for long range EV trip and rapid recharge on the road

EV Fast Charger Connector

EV fast charging stations use different types of connectors – EV Level 2 charger uses SAE J1772 connector, and DC fast charger use CCS/SAE Combo, CHAdeMO, and Tesla Supercharger, which allows charging at a speed of up to 350 kW. Almost all EV brands are equipped with either CCS/SAE Combo or CHAdeMO connectors, except Tesla.

AC connector

EV Level 2 chargers commonly use two main types of connectors: J1772 and Mennekes Type 2

SAE J1772 connector, also known as Type 1, is widely used in North America and features a standard 5-pin configuration for AC charging.

The Mennekes Type 2 connector, also referred to as IEC 62196 Type 2, is prevalent in Europe and has a 7-pin design.

DC connectors

DC fast chargers support different types of connectors, depending on the region and charging standards.

  1. CHAdeMO: Primarily used by Japanese and Korean automakers. Compatible with vehicles such as Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Kia Soul EV.

  2. CCS: Also known as Combo 1 (CCS1 is mainly used in North America) and Combo 2 (CCS2 is prevalent in Europe), CCS combines both AC and DC charging capabilities in a single connector. Many newer electric vehicle models, including those from BMW, Chevrolet, Audi, and Volkswagen, support CCS charging.

  3. Tesla Supercharger provide high-speed charging exclusively for Tesla vehicles.

Travel with Confidence

How to charge an electric car on the road?

  • Plan your route, locate a charging station and availability on mobile app, maps or charging network provider’s website.
  • Ensure the charging station supports your EV’s charging connector type (e.g., CCS, CHAdeMO, Type 2, Tesla Supercharger).
  • Plug the charging cable into your EV’s charging port. Ensure a secure connection and monitor charging status and time.
  • Unplug and pay the bill by credit card or RFID card.

How to overcome Range Anxiety?

As an EV driver, besides planning routes and locating charging stations in advance, below solutions can help alleviate charging anxiety and provide peace of mind during EV journeys.

Option A: Buy a portable EV charger, which allows you to charge your vehicle wherever there is a power source.

Option B: Get an EV charger adapter, which enables you to charge at any charging station, reducing the waiting time and increasing charging flexibility.

What EV charger adapters? and are them worth it for EV drivers?

EV adapters provide ultimate flexibility and access to diverse charging stations for Tesla and Non-Tesla owners, especially while on the road or encountering different types of charging infrastructure. Below are various Charging Adapters available:

  1. J1772 Adapter: Allows EV drivers to connect their vehicles to J1772 charging stations, which are commonly found in public charging networks.

  2. Tesla Charger Adapter: J1772 to Tesla or CCS1 to Tesla can enable non-Tesla owners to use Tesla charging networks, expanding their charging options.

  3. CHAdeMO Adapter: This adapter allows EV owners to charge their vehicles at CHAdeMO charging stations, which are prevalent in certain regions.

  4. CCS Adapter: Enables EV drivers to connect to CCS Combo charging stations, which offer high-power DC fast charging.

How many charging stations are there in the US?

According to Whitehouse.gov report, there are now more than 3 million EVs on the road, accounting for 0.9% of the total vehicles in operation. Approximately 16,822 Tesla Superchargers and destination chargers, along with 126,500 Level 2 and 20,431 Level 3 charging ports across the country.

The number was substantial increased in 2022, with addition of 54,000 Level 2 and 10,000 Level 3 chargers.

* Tesla will plan to open at least 7,500 chargers for all EVs by the end of next year. Including 3,500 superchargers along highways and 4,000 destination chargers at places like hotels and restaurants.

EVSE | Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations – 2030

EV market share for new vehicles is expected to reach 40% by 2030. To meet the US’s goal, around 1.2 million public and 28.3 million private EV charging stations would be required, which is approximately 20 times more charging points than the existing number in the United States as of 2023.

Best EV Road Trip Tips

Maybe someday charging away from home will be as seamless as filling up a gas tank. But that’s not true today, so it’s always wise to be prepared.

Before hitting the road, research and plan charging stations along your route, ensuring they are compatible with your vehicle. Consider alternative charging options, such as hotels or restaurants with EV chargers, charge up where you’re staying.

Cold weather, rapid accelerating, uphill climbing can decrease your electric car’s range dramatically.

Avoid the dreaded range anxiety by planning stops before your electric charge is on empty.

Carry a home charger as plan B, or at least pack a charger adapter like J1772 Adapter, or CCS Adapter.

Always plan to recharge before you get below 50 miles of range or at least 20 percent battery left.

Planning a road trip in an electric car is always a lot of fun, but be sure to have a backup plan for EV charging.

Learn what type of charger your EV needs and choose the fastest chargers available.

Chargers aren’t where you expect them and not all “fast” chargers are the same.

Consider charging time and safety.

Charging away from home is expensive. Electricity at home costs a national average of 16 cents per kilowatt-hour. On the road, maybe anywhere from 30 cents to 43 cents.