Learn about three different types of stations

Three types of stations can charge your electric vehicle (EV): Level 1 and Level 2 are available to residences and businesses. Direct current (DC) fast charging is available at public sites because of the high cost and power that it requires.

View the following table for an overview of the differences between charging stations.

Type of Charging StationRecommended Vehicle TypeApproximate Charge TimeVoltage

Level 1

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, such as the Chevrolet Volt

5 miles per hour of charge

120V

Level 2

Battery Electric Vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf

13 to 25 miles per hour of charge

240V

DC Fast Charging

Most Battery Electric Vehicles. Check with the car manufacturer details

10 to 30 minutes for a full charge

500V

PLEASE NOTE: Charging times, range and size of battery vary by vehicle and state of charge.

Learn more about vehicle types and find answers to other Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Visit Electric Vehicles – Explore the Fundamentals.

Learn about Level 1 charging stations


A Level 1 charging station usually requires no upgrade to your service panel. The station is equivalent to plugging in your EV to a grounded wall outlet. Your car manufacturer typically includes a Level 1 cord set with the purchase of your vehicle.

NOTE: A Level 1 charging station might be the right choice, if you drive a plug-in hybrid EV. This type of EV has a gasoline engine in addition to an electric motor.

Learn about Level 2 charging stations

Level 2 charging stations are four times faster than Level 1 stations. Level 2 stations also require the installation of a 240V outlet on a dedicated circuit. The cost of this setup can vary, increasing the farther your charging station is from your utility panel. Contact a licensed electrician to get an estimate.

PG&E provides two ways to set up a Level 2 charging station. The two methods include:

  • Connecting to your existing meter. Your EV charging station is connected to your existing home panel and meter. The household and EV energy usage are charged to one bill.
  • Installing a separate meter. The electricity for your EV comes through a dedicated panel and meter. You receive a different bill for this separate meter. The secondary meter installation may be expensive, ranging from $2,000-$8,000 and is only eligible to be on the EV-B rate plan.


NOTE:
A Level 2 charging station might be the right choice, if you drive a battery EV. EVs of this type have larger batteries that require longer charging times. A level 2 charger recharges a battery electric vehicle faster than Level 1, so you get more electric driving range sooner with a Level 2 charger.

PG&E is responsible for upgrading your electrical service and our electrical system. Notify us when you decide to purchase an EV. PG&E can ensure our infrastructure meets your charging needs.

A service upgrade may be needed when you upgrade your panel or add a second one. This upgrade helps ensure that there is enough electrical capacity for your home. Facility upgrade costs associated with EV chargers at residential sites are treated as common facilities. As an individual customer, you’re not responsible for the costs. Learn more about how these costs are estimated.

Get a better estimate on the project cost of upgrading your electrical system for EVs. Visit Electric Vehicles - Charging Options.

Learn more about DC fast-charging stations

Non-residential customers can install DC fast-charging stations. These high-power stations can charge a battery to 80 percent of capacity in 30 minutes or less. Only some EVs can support DC fast charging.

NOTE: Look for publically available DC fast chargers, if your vehicle supports DC fast charging. The systems are great for a quick charge on the go. Check with your EV manufacturer for more info on DC fast charging with your EV.

Discover how far you can go in your EV after charging overnight

Learn the distance you can travel after a night of charging your EV. The following table shows the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, and charging by the number of kilowatts (kW).

 

Table illustrating distance you can travel after a night of charging your EV


NOTE: The chart assumes your vehicle travels 3.1 miles per kilowatt-hour, and charges for 8 hours overnight. Charging times, range and size of battery vary by vehicle.

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