About Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging

How does EV charging work?

Electric vehicle plugged in

Fast charging stations use direct current (DC) chargers.

DC fast chargers are the most powerful charger type available. Current DC fast chargers supported by Electrify America include the Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors and CHAdeMO connectors. The brand of EV you drive will determine which plug you can use. You should be able to find out more about your vehicle’s capabilities from the manufacturer’s official website.

CCS and CHAdeMO chargers differ in the speeds at which they can charge. CCS can charge at speeds up to 350kW, while CHAdeMO chargers can charge at up to 50kW. Electrify America stations have CCS chargers with varying speeds, ranging from 50kW up to 350kW. Not all EVs are capable of charging at the charger’s maximum speed. Check with your vehicle’s manufacturer to find out your EV’s charging capabilities.

All Electrify America charging stations have both CCS and CHAdeMO plugs available. A select number of Electrify America stations located in metropolitan areas will also support Level 2 chargers. That means it doesn’t matter what kind of EV you drive—just about every car can use our stations.

So, just how fast is fast charging?

Electrify America DC fast chargers are the fastest on the market today1 and can charge compatible EVs at 350kW. For cars not capable of accepting 350kW, the 350kW chargers will give you the fastest charge your EV can handle.

50kW to 350kW chargers will be available at charging stations along highways, and 50kW to 150kW chargers will be available in metropolitan areas.

Many new EVs coming to market will be able to accept 100kW or higher charging power. Electrify America has one of the few networks ready to support this technology.

Fast charging stations are expanding.

More and more DC fast chargers are being built across the United States. By the end of 2019, Electrify America is expected to complete over 480 charging stations, with more to follow in the future. Our network alone will cross 42 states along major routes from coast to coast.

AC charging is important, too.

Alternating current (AC) chargers, referred to as Level 2 (L2) and Level 1 (L1) chargers, are typically found in home and workplace settings, as well as in many public locations. These chargers will charge an EV at speeds from 3.3kW to 19kW, and are usually plugged in overnight or during the day at a workplace charger.

L2 chargers typically feature a non proprietary J1772™ connector that allows nearly universal connection between the chargers and electric vehicles using the AC charging port.

1 As of April 4, 2019.