Think of these sort of as the BPs, Chevrons, and Exxons of electric vehicle fuel. To
about the different charging station networks (aka "brands" or "providers"), visit the
Private charging stations are for personal use at your place of residence. Public
stations are usually installed by a charging network provider (or an individual/business
looking to set up a retail charging spot) at workplaces, public parking, multi-family
apartment complexes, or commercial settings since they are more versatile and better
suited for continuous charging by many people throughout the day.
Level 1 charging is the fancy term for plugging your EV into a standard
three-prong outlet using the cord that comes with the car - no equipment
installation is required, and it usually takes about 10 hours to fully recharge a
depleted battery. Level 2 charging, which has equipment installation options for
both private and public settings, is more powerful and generally takes about 5 hours
to fully recharge a battery. Level 3, or DC Fast, charging is currently only
available in public settings, is not compatible with all EVs, and takes about 40
minutes to fully recharge a battery. To learn more about levels of charging, visit
the EV Q&A page.