What Are the 3 Levels of EV Charging?

When it comes to EV charging, there are three types of methods for drivers across the UK. But, what exactly is right for your vehicle? It is important before heading to a charging station that you understand what types of connectors your vehicle can use so that you eliminate any issues with other drivers. 


At Elite, we’re here to break down the different types of EV charging levels and how portable EV chargers can help. 

Level 1

The cheapest way to charge your electric vehicle is at Level 1—the lowest of the three EV charging levels. This is a good choice if you don’t need to drive frequently because it doesn’t need to be installed in order to function. 


For the majority of EV owners, this is the option that is most accessible and allows for overnight charging of a vehicle in a garage. However, using a Level 1 charger to charge the battery in your EV has the drawback of being incredibly slow.


Only 2 to 5 miles of driving range are gained for each hour that you spend plugged in and charging. Because of this, you should probably only use Level 1 charging if you have a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).


Level 2

For daily mileage requirements of more than 50km, Level 2 charging is probably your most viable option. It is the EV charging device that is used most frequently. With Level 2 chargers being available at around 80& of all public charging stations. These chargers used either a 208v connection, which is typically implemented at popular destinations such as hotels and shopping centres. 


A Level 2 charger can charge your EV’s battery significantly more quickly than Level 1. So, during charging sessions when destination charging is implemented, it is important to make sure the right charge is being used. Portable EV charging solutions are ideal to ensure that in the time that the driver has left the car, it can reach the desired amount of charge. For more information on destination charging, click here

Level 3

The final type of EV charging is Level 3, often known also as DC fast charge. Residential properties typically lack the EV infrastructure that is needed for Level 3 chargers and is the most expensive method. Aside from Tesla superchargers, Level 3 chargers use different connectors than Level 1 and Level 2. Therefore, it is vital for EV drivers to ensure that their vehicle is capable of DC rapid charging. 


One of the main benefits of a Level 3 charger is that it can quickly increase the range of your EV. This means it is beneficial for drivers looking to charge on their breaks or add a little more range before embarking on a lengthy journey. However, how can you ensure the charger you are using is Level 3?


Hiring a portable EV charging device is a great solution to always having charge available. Not only will drivers have the opportunity to create their own charge points, wherever they want, but there is also a guarantee of no queues.   

Elite EV Charge

Here at Elite, we provide temporary and permanent EV charging solutions throughout the UK. For EV drivers, range anxiety may be a common occurrence. However, at Elite, we are here to help eliminate any negative feelings you may have before a long journey. And offer cost-effective and efficient ways to ensure your electric vehicle remains charged. 


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