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 offer the fastest charging speeds available today. 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 your owner’s manual and the manufacturer’s official website.

CCS and CHAdeMO chargers differ in the speeds at which they can charge. CCS on Electrify America’s network can charge at speeds up to 350kW, while our 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 power level. 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 EV model 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 accept.

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.

Our 50kW to 350kW chargers will be available at charging stations near highways, and 50kW to 150kW chargers will be available in metropolitan areas.2

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 at home, 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. Some select Electrify America charging stations will have L2 chargers in addition to DC fast chargers.

1 As of April 4, 2019.

2 The Electrify America Cycle 1 plan includes building public DC fast and Level 2 chargers in the following metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.