For now, filling a gas powered car is faster than charging an EV. EV charging technology is moving rapidly, so the charging time keeps decreasing as new technology is released. Fast chargers can charge your EV in 15-45 minutes, while you shop, have a meal, etc. The fast chargers are in a variety of locations across the country.
The cost of electricity to charge a vehicle is currently on average about 35% less money than filling up a gasoline powered car. In regards to the cost, new technologies are also decreasing the charging cost as those advancements are being implemented.
The US Department of Energy released this calculator to compare the long term cost differences between a gas powered car and EV.
Different types of connectors exist in different EVs. This guide will help to know which connector is inside your EV.
CHAdeMO stands for “Charge de Move,” and was released primarily in Japan. OEMs such as Nissan, Toyota, and Mitsubishi use CHAdeMO.
CCS stands for Combined Charging System and was created as an open industry standard. Vehicles from around the world use the CCS connector. North American and European automakers mostly use CCS. In the USA, all new EVs (except Tesla) will be required to use CCS.
Because Tesla was one of the first OEMs to release fast charging, they created their own connector. Tesla has made available adaptors that allow Tesla drivers to charge their EVs on other chargers.
L2 – J1772
“Level 1” and “Level 2” AC charging are done on this connector. Level 1 and Level 2 charging are quite a bit slower than DC Fast Charging, and are for charging over a few hours, such as at work or home. The SAE J1772 connector (also known as “J Plug”) is used by all EVs except Tesla for AC charging. Tesla vehicles are equipped with an adapter to use this connector.