How to Charge

Fuel Anywhere: You can essentially fuel anywhere that has an electrical outlet! Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) come with a charger cord that can plug into a standard wall socket.

Fuel Anytime: As a PEV owner, you have the ability to choose when and where to plug in! Most PEV drivers opt to recharge their vehicles overnight at their home. PEVs can even be programmed to automatically charge at the best times to take advantage of the lowest, off peak electricity rates. Hundreds of public charging stations across California are currently available as well as workplace charging infrastructure for those that want to plug in on the run or while they are at work.

Tools to Help You Find a Charge: Visit PlugShare.com to find a charging station most convenient for you.


Two Options for Residential Charging

  • Level 1 charging is the simplest, and does not require any additional charging equipment: To begin charging, simply plug your vehicle into a standard 120 Volt outlet – the most common outlet found in U.S. homes. Level 1 charging, which adds about 3 to 5 miles of electric-drive range per hour of charging, may be a suitable option for those with shorter commutes or for those who can leave their vehicle plugged in for an extended period of time. Level 1 might also be a good choice for those who can charge their vehicles at work in addition to at home.
  • Level 2 charging may be a better option for most owners: You will need to purchase and install specific charging equipment that allows you to plug your PEV into a 240 Volt outlet. Depending on the battery type, circuit capacity, and vehicle, Level 2 charging can add about 10 to 25 miles of electric-drive range per hour of charging time.

(Information adapted from Alternative Fuels Data Center)


Publicly Available Charging

  • Level 1 and Level 2 publicly available charging stations are usually located in garages and lots where your PEV is expected to be parked for several hours, such as shopping centers, public garages, hotels and workplaces. The cost of publicly available charging varies – most public charging stations are free-of-charge, others are “pay-to-pump” similar to gas stations, while some require a membership to a network.
  • In the Monterey Bay region there are more than 80 public charging stations (some of which has both Level 1 and Level 2 outlets).
  • DC Fast Chargers – Direct-current (DC) fast charging equipment (480 V AC input) are beginning to be installed in heavy traffic corridors such as freeways and also at shopping centers. Not all vehicles are DC Fast Charge compatible. Currently the Nissan leaf (with CHAdeMO option) and Mitsubishi i-Miev can take this charge. A DC fast charge can add 60 to 80 miles of range to a light-duty PHEV or EV in 20 minutes.
  • Tesla Supercharger works only for Tesla vehicles and provides a 50% charge in 20 minutes.

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