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Charging your electric vehicle

Find the best type of EV charging station for you

Types of charging stations for EVs


Level 1 (110) charging stations are usually ready-to-go. Level 2 (240V) or Level 3 (480V) charging stations require other considerations, such as calculating amps, hardware portability, and cord length.  Explore details for each option.

ev charger levels

Good for: Plug-in hybrid

Miles/charge time: 5 miles per hour of charge

Voltage: 110V


Level 1 charging stations can be plugged into a standard household 110-volt grounded wall outlet and usually requires no upgrade to your utility panel. Depending on a number of factors, a Level 1 charging station will deliver about 5 miles per hour of charge.

This ready-to-go option might be right if you have a short commute, drive a plug-in hybrid, are offered workplace charging, or if you’re able to charge your vehicle for 8 or more hours each night.

Good for: Battery EVs

Miles/charge time: 13 to 25 miles per hour of charge

Voltage: 240V


Level 2 charging stations are four times faster than Level 1 and can provide about 25 miles per hour of charge.

Level 2 stations require a professionally installed 240-volt outlet on a dedicated circuit. If you’d like one installed in your home, contact a licensed electrician to get an estimate and to determine if a permit is required.

Level 2 might be the right choice if you drive a battery EV, as these cars have larger batteries that require longer charging times. Drivers with longer commutes or who want a faster charge or a longer electric driving range should also consider choosing a Level 2 charging station.


Level 2 purchasing considerations

On average, the cost of a Level 2 charging station ranges from $500 - $700. A charger may cost more or less depending on key features such as portability, amperage, and WiFi capability.

Choosing Amps

To determine how much power will flow to your car, multiply the Volts by the Amps and divide by 1,000 (Amps x Volts/1,000). For example, a 240-V Level 2 charging station with a 30-amp rating will supply 7.2 kW (30 x 240 /1,000). After one hour of charging, your EV will add 7.2kW X 1 hr = 7.2 kWh of energy to your vehicle.

To calculate how long it will take to charge the entire capacity of the battery, refer to the manufacturer's documents to determine the battery capacity of your EV.


Example based on an all-electric model:

  • EV battery capacity – 42kWh
  • EV charger energy delivery – 7.2kW
  • Total hours to charge = EV battery capacity / EV charger energy delivery = hours
  • 42kWh / 7.2kW = 5.83 hours

Americans drive around 30 miles per day. If you want more than 50 miles of range from overnight charging, you will need a station with at least 16 amps. Level 2 residential chargers range from 16 to 80 amps.


Charging times, range, and size of battery vary by vehicle.

Learn how many miles your EV can go after 8 hours of level 2 charging

The chart above assumes:

  • Chargers are operating on a 240-volt outlet.
  • Your vehicle travels 3.1 miles per kilowatt-hour.

Use PG&E Marketplace to search and compare Level 2 residential charging stations from a range of retailers. You can also read customer reviews and purchase chargers directly from retailers.

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Consider portability

Decide if you want a hard-wired and permanently-mounted charger, or a portable unit that simply plugs into a 240-volt outlet and will hang on the wall. Portable chargers allow you to take the charger with you if you move.


Cord length

Determine where your charger will be located. Note that the further the charger is from your home's utility panel, the more costly the installation. Measure the distance from where your car will be parked to your charger location to determine the required cable length. Cables range from 12 to 25 feet.


Smart connectivity

Smart chargers connect to your WiFi and allow you to program charging from your phone and monitor your charging habits. However, most EV drivers now have the ability to control charging through their car's own app.


Level 2 installation checklist

Get help with choosing and installing the right charging station for your home. View the charger installation checklist (PDF).

  • The average cost for installing a Level 2 charging station ranges from $400 to $1,200 excluding charger cost.
  • Installation costs will vary depending on electrical upgrades, cable length, and other features identified below.
Steps to guide your installation

Step 1: Get an electrical assessment of your home.

Talk with a qualified electrician to assess whether your electrical panel has the capacity for a Level 2 charger.

  • Upgrades and permits at your expense may be necessary.
  • The EV manufacturer may also offer a home assessment as part of your purchase.
  • The electrician can also install a dedicated 240-volt circuit (similar outlet used for an electric clothes dryer) to serve the Level 2 charger if your panel does not have the necessary capacity.

Be sure to discuss the following when consulting with an electrician.

  • Upgrades to your electrical panel
  • Desired location of charger
  • Cost of installation
  • Length of charging cord
  • Type of charger you have or want
  • Permitting and inspections (if required by your city)
  • Timeline for job completion


Step 2: Determine which electric rate and meter system works for you.

Select the PG&E electric rate that is best for your charging needs. You can enroll in any residential rate. The EV2-A rate plan works for customers who have an electric vehicle (EV) and/or battery storage and can charge during off-peak hours of 12 a.m. to 3 p.m., in addition to shifting other household energy usage to off-peak hours. The EV-B rate may be useful for people who want to have one electric rate for their whole house and a separate EV rate for their electric car charging.

Find out which rate is the best fit for you here: EV Savings Calculator.

  • Single existing meter: You can enroll in EV2-A, E-ELEC, E-1, E-TOUB, E-TOUBC, OR E-TOUD rates.
  • Dual meter: If you want to install a second meter and electric panel for EV charging, you’ll enroll in the EV-B rate.

Note: PG&E representative may schedule a visit to determine whether your current electric service can support an EV. You may have to upgrade your service or your panel or add a second electric panel. Service upgrades are necessary when the service wire to your home does not meet your capacity needs. PG&E charges a $100 service fee for a second meter. You’re responsible for the installation costs to support an additional meter. The costs are generally around $2,000, but can be as high as $8,000 or more.


Step 3: Contact PG&E to start your "change of service" application

After you determine which EV charging system is right for you, contact PG&E. You must complete an application to notify PG&E of the change of service including the following information:

  • Rate option: Choose the residential rate you'll use to charge your EV.
  • Charging level: Will you use a Level 1 or Level 2 charging station.
  • Charging load: Load amount from your EV supply equipment. This is based on the charging system's voltage and amperage. An electrician can help you determine this information.
  • Panel upgrade: Does the dedicated circuit require a panel upgrade?


Two ways to apply:


Good for: Most battery EVs. Check your manufacturer details.

Miles/charge time: 10 to 30 minutes for a full charge

Voltage: 480V-500V


Charge on the go using DC fast chargers

If your vehicle supports them, look for publicly available DC fast chargers when you’re on the road. These high-power stations can charge a battery to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes or less. Check with your manufacturer for more information on DC fast charging for your EV.

Use free online services to find local EV charging station installers in your area

  • Get quotes from local installers
  • Read customer reviews
  • Find installation information


To obtain quotes, you may be asked to provide
  • Your installation timeline
  • Property type (house or apartment)
  • Ownership rights
  • EV charger type and dedicated voltage
  • Installation location


important notice icon Note: PG&E is not responsible for the requirements of these online services, which are subject to the terms and conditions of the online service provider.

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Tenant EV charging installation

California law requires property owners to allow tenants to install a residential charging station. Tenants cannot be denied a request to install a residential charging station if the tenant pays for the installation, maintenance, insurance and removal of the charging station. However, there are certain residential rental conditions where this law does not apply. For example, if there are already EV charging stations for 10 percent or more of the designated parking spaces for renters, the law does not apply. Review additional California legislative details.

Determine demand
Perform a residential survey to see how many residents have an EV or planning to buy one. Review an example residential survey.

Electrical capacity
Talk with an electrician to understand your property’s electrical capacity for adding a charging station.

Charger options
Choose a charging station that best meets your specific property’s requirements. This will help show associated costs.

Covering costs
Make clear you’ll cover the installation costs and the ongoing costs of electricity.

Research and apply for incentives to install a charging station. Visit Drive Clean to learn about incentives available in your area.

Best practices
Find other installed charging stations in your neighborhood to show support of EVs within the community.


  • Charging stations will help make the property manager a leader in sustainability.
  • As EVs continue to gain popularity, more residents will be interested in charging stations.
  • Charging stations can help the property receive Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points.
  • Installing charging stations can increase property value and give a competitive advantage for new tenants.

Once you’ve received approval to install a charging station, review our installation checklist for step-by-step information on how to install your EV level 2 charger.

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