All EVs come with a portable cord-set that lets you charge using a standard household outlet. This is the slowest speed of charging, but doesn’t require installing any new equipment in your home.
There are two main types of EV chargers, alternating current (AC) chargers and direct current (DC) chargers, also known as fast chargers.
Level 1 charger
This type of charger is included in the purchase of your EV and provides up to 8 kilometers of range per hour of charging time, making it the slowest of these three options. They require only a standard 120 V wall outlet. Since they are so accessible, Level 1 chargers are typically used at home.
Level 2 charger
This is a faster charger that provides up to 97 kilometers of range per hour of charging time depending on the type of vehicle. This charger is ideal for a faster and more flexible home charging solution. These chargers require a 208 or 240 V wall outlet, and require work from an electrician. Some provinces offer incentives and rebates when purchasing and installing in-home charging systems.
Level 3 charger
DC chargers provide the fastest charging time, but are not often installed or found at homes. They’re typically found in public places and businesses and can charge an EV in as little as 20 to 30 minutes.