When it comes to “refueling” your electric vehicle, the nearest gas station just won’t
do. And, while commercial charging stations may become available in the future, most EV owners will likely need
to use a home charger – at least in the beginning.
If you are considering an electric vehicle, two of the most important things you will need to consider are:
where will you charge your EV? And, which level of charging is right for you?
Home Charging Options
Generally speaking, there are two options available to customers whose homes can accommodate electric vehicle
||Charging time: 4 - 6 hours for plug-in hybrid vehicles. 10 - 24 hours for battery electric or extended-range electric vehicles.
- A level 1 charger uses the same 120-volt outlet that you would use to run your TV, computer or microwave.
- Charging an EV at this level draws about as much electricity as a 1,500-watt window air conditioner.
- We recommend using a dedicated circuit to charge an EV.
||Charging time: 3 - 8 hours
- You may need to upgrade your electric service to accomodate a level 2 charger.
- You may also require a new circuit, similar to what would be needed for an electric oven or dryer.
- Customers should obtain the specifications of their charger and contact Con Edison to determine whether or not a service upgrade is necessary.
- For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the upgrade process, click here.
- If you are a contractor and have been hired to install an EV charger, click here to e-file using our project center.
* The electrical draw of EV chargers varies by manufacturer. For this reason, electric vehicle customers should consult their dealer or a licensed electrician prior to purchasing a charger.
Alternate Charging Options
For customers who live in apartments, or who have homes that do not accommodate EV charging, public charging stations may provide an alternate solution. Currently, there are few public stations in the metropolitan area. However, as the number of EV owners increases, charging stations and EV-friendly parking garages may become more widely available.
Depending on the facility, public charging stations may include support for both level 1 and level 2 charging.
They may also provide for charging at level 3.
||Charging time: 20 - 30 minutes
- Level 3 chargers will not likely be available for residential applications.
- However, as the standards are finalized for these units, publicly accessible level 3 charging stations may become available.
One of the advantages to purchasing an electric vehicle is that EVs can reduce (or even eliminate) gasoline costs. The trade-off, of course, is that charging an EV at home will have an impact on your electric bill. Before purchasing an electric vehicle, it is important to get an idea of what that impact may be.