Learn about types, installation and locations 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.

The following table provides 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


Level 2

Battery Electric Vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf

13 to 25 miles per hour of charge


DC Fast Charging

Most Battery Electric Vehicles. Check with the car manufacturer details

10 to 30 minutes for a full charge


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

Learn how far your EV can go after charging

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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Install an EV charger at home

Find out the steps to installing a charging station, including whether you need to upgrade your electric panel or your service. Note that PG&E charges a $100 service fee for a second meter and your installation costs will generally range from $2,000 to $8,000.

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Purchase an EV charger

Use PG&E Marketing to easily search for and compare residential chargers from favorite retailers.

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Locate a charging station

Use PlugShare's interactive map to plan your trip. It includes the location and status of chargers throughout North America.


Discover the EV Charge Network

PG&E is also supporting installations of charging stations at workplaces and multi-family residences through the EV Charge Network Program.

Other helpful information

Get the answers you need

Learn more about EV charging and find answers to other frequently asked questions.

Enroll in an EV rate plan

If EV2-A is the rate plan for you, why wait?

Fill out the simple application today

Apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate

As an EV owner and PG&E customer, you may be eligible to receive the Clean Fuel Rebate for your use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel. Apply for the Clean Fuel Rebate today.

Discover other helpful tools for EVs

Use the following tools to learn more about EVs, their incentives and where to charge them:

EV Savings Calculator

DriveClean Buying Guide

PlugShare – EV charging station map