What Is A Level 2 EV Charger & Are They Worth The Investment?

Level 2 EV Charger on the side of a house

What Is A Level 2 EV Charger & Are They Worth The Investment?

What Is A Level 2 EV Charger & Are They Worth The Investment?

Level 2 EV Charger on the side of a house
Electric vehicle charging in garage

If you own an electric vehicle or are considering purchasing one, you’re likely considering investing in a home electric vehicle charger. When it comes to electric vehicle chargers, there are three different types of chargers, each with a different power output, known as “Level 1”, “Level 2”, and “Level 3” E/V chargers. Below, we’ll talk about each of these charger types and how they are different from one another:

    • Level 1: Level 1 E/V Chargers plug into a standard 120V electrical outlet, much like a phone charger or standard appliance. Level 1 chargers are sometimes included with the purchase of an electric vehicle (depending on the make and model). The main downside of Level 1 chargers is that they charge electric vehicles extremely slowly, typically only supplying the vehicle with a few miles worth of power for every hour of charging. For this reason, Level 1 chargers are not an effective option for E/V owners who plan on driving regularly.
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    • Level 2: Level 2 E/V Chargers plug into 240V electrical outlets, which are the same type of outlets used by ovens, dryers, central A/C units, and other large appliances that need higher voltage currents to run properly. Level 2 chargers are the fastest type of E/V chargers that are typically found in residential properties, as these chargers can completely charge an electric vehicle’s battery from empty to full in a matter of hours. For this reason, Level 2 chargers are the perfect option for E/V owners who want to drive their vehicles regularly and be able to charge them overnight from the comfort of their homes.
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    • Level 3: Level 3 E/V Chargers, also known as “superchargers”, are typically found along highways, in commercial parking lots, and in other high-traffic areas. Level 3 chargers can charge electric vehicles extremely quickly, some with the ability to add 250+ miles of range in just one hour. Level 3 E/V chargers can not typically be installed in homes because most houses do not have the required electrical service to power them.

Are Level 2 E/V Chargers Worth The Investment?

As mentioned above, Level 2 E/V Chargers are the best option for electric vehicle owners that want to be able to quickly, efficiently charge their vehicles from the comfort of their home. Because Level 1 chargers are extremely slow and Level 3 “superchargers” require too much power to be installed at residential properties, Level 2 chargers are the perfect middleground. In addition to the benefits that Level 2 chargers offer for E/V owners, there may be government rebates available to you that will help offset the costs of installing a 240-volt outlet to support the charger. Here in Massachusetts, Eversource offers rebates up to $1400 to offset the cost of the wiring or panel upgrade needed to install a 240-volt outlet for your level two charger! For more information about the benefits of installing a Level 2 E/V charger in your home or to get a free estimate on an installation service, please contact our team at RCA Electric & Generators today!

Contact RCA Electric & Generators!

If you have any questions about installing a home electric vehicle (EV) charger or would like to get a free quote on an EV charger installation at your home in Southeastern Massachusetts, please contact RCA Electric & Generators today! Give us a call at (508) 428-0449 or fill out the contact form on our website, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible! For a free estimate, please click the “Book Now” button at the top of this page and select “Get a Quote”!

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