Charging an electric vehicle at home

Charging electric vehicles at home

If you're like the vast majority of electric vehicle owners, you'll do the bulk of your charging at home. You can charge your vehicle with your home's standard 120-volt outlet (Level 1) or can get a faster 240-volt Level 2 charger installed.

Level 1    
Standard outlet: 120 V Charging time  
A Level 1 charge simply requires a standard 120-volt outlet. The power demand is comparable to a 1,500-watt air conditioner. Plug-in hybrid: 6 to 8 hours
Battery electric: 11 to 16 hours

Level 2
Charging station: 240 V Charging time  
A Level 2 charge can be done using a 240-volt charging station installed outside your home or in your garage. The power demand is comparable to a stove or clothes dryer. Plug-in hybrid: 3 to 4 hours
Battery electric: 6 to 8 hours

What you need to set up a charging station at home

Most electric vehicles can be charged through a normal 110 volt household outlet. For faster charging, a 240 volt service may also be used.

To determine the charging options available for your make and model, you'll need to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual and/or consult with an auto dealership that represents the manufacturer of your vehicle.

Do you need an electrician? An electrician should be consulted to determine what's required to install the charging station at your home. BC Hydro has identified qualified electricians who have successfully completed training specific to electric vehicles and charging station infrastructure.
Find a qualified electrician via our Alliance referral form

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