Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Chargers article to learn about our chargers, their pros and cons, and more!

If I have a PHEV do I need a Level 2 charger installed at my home?

While it is not necessary to have a Level 2 charger installed at your home if you drive a PHEV, it can be beneficial, as Level 2 charging will provide faster charging times. If you would like help deciding what is best for your situation, contact us at Peak EV Solutions today.

Do I need to buy a charger before I buy my EV?

At Peak EV Solutions, we recommend obtaining and installing the charger or a plug prior to taking delivery of your vehicle to make sure that you can begin charging faster from day 1. It’s not necessary, but having a charger installed before you bring your EV home can make the transition smoother. Some EVs come with level 2 chargers so it’s best to check with the automotive manufacturer prior to your decision.

Does my EV charger need to be UL-certified?

Yes, we recommend that you buy a UL and/or Energy Star-certified charger. UL is an independent testing lab that certifies the safety of products and systems. Most local building codes and electrical codes require that all electric vehicle chargers be UL-certified before they can be used. Energy Star-certified EV chargers provide the same functionality as non-certified products but use 40% less energy in standby mode, reducing their impact on the environment.

What is the difference between the Tesla home charger, ChargePoint, Enel X Juicebox, and other chargers?

Currently, Tesla home chargers are specific to Tesla vehicles and can only be used to charge Tesla vehicles unless you have an adaptor. ChargePoint residential chargers and Enel X Juicebox chargers are designed for home use and are compatible with a variety of electric vehicles. However, many automotive manufacturers have pledged to switch over to Tesla’s charger standard called NACS. While that might not affect you right now, it could in the future. If you are unsure, reach out to us at Peak EV Solutions and we’ll be happy to help.

Are all electric vehicle (EV) charging plugs the same?

No, not all charging plugs are the same. There are different standards, such as SAE J1772 (common for Level 2 chargers), CCS (for DC fast charging), CHAdeMO, and Tesla’s proprietary connector (NACS). Many automotive OEMs have decided to adopt Tesla’s NACS charging standard in the coming years.

What are the differences between Level 1, Level 2, and level 3 (DCFC) chargers?

Level 1, Level 2, and DCFC chargers are different types of electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Level 1 chargers use a standard 120-volt household outlet and can deliver up to 2-3 miles of range per hour of charging. Level 2 chargers use a 240-volt circuit and can deliver up to 20-25 miles of range per hour of charging. DCFC (Direct Current Fast Charger) chargers are much more powerful and use a special high-voltage DC connection to provide a much faster charging rate. DCFC chargers can deliver up to 80% of a battery’s charge in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the EV’s battery capacity and the charger’s power output. The main difference between the three types of chargers is their charging speed, cost, and the voltage used to deliver the charge. Our Resources page has some great information if you are looking to learn more.

What EV charger works with my specific model of electric vehicle?

We always suggest that you check with the manufacturer of your specific model of electric vehicle to determine the best type of charger to use with it and then make your buying decision based on those recommendations. Many of the new vehicles being sold will come with a charger, mitigating the need to purchase one and taking the guesswork out of which model is compatible with your vehicle. It’s also important to consider if there are charger requirements for your rebates and incentives. Some programs require chargers to be UL and/or Energy Star certified. If you are unsure about what charger to use, contact Peak EV Solutions today and we will help you choose.

What is a kilowatt-hour (kWh)?

In the context of electric vehicles (EVs), a kilowatt-hour (kWh) is a unit of measurement used to describe the amount of energy stored in the vehicle’s battery. It represents the amount of energy needed to power the vehicle for a certain distance or period of time.

For example, if an EV has a battery capacity of 60 kWh and an average range of 200 miles, it means that the vehicle can travel approximately 3.3 miles per kWh (200 miles / 60 kWh = 3.3 miles/kWh). This measurement is often used by electric vehicle manufacturers to advertise the vehicle’s range and efficiency.

When charging an EV, the charging speed is often measured in kilowatts (kW), which represents the amount of power delivered to the vehicle’s battery per hour. For instance, a 50 kW charger can deliver 50 kWh of energy to the battery in one hour, which can provide a significant boost to the vehicle’s driving range.

What type of charger should I get for my EV?

When choosing an EV charger, you should consider the type of vehicle you have, the type of charging station you need, the amount of power you need, and any additional features or accessories you may require. The most popular types of EV chargers are Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charging. Level 1 charging is the slowest and least expensive option and can provide up to 12 miles of range per hour of charging by plugging into existing home outlets. Level 2 chargers are more expensive, but they can provide up to 25 miles of range per hour of charging. DC Fast Charging is the fastest and most expensive option, and it can provide up to 100 miles of range per hour of charging. DCFC chargers are typically reserved for public chargers because of their cost to install. 

We recommend installing a level 2 charger. More information and the most common Level 2 chargers can be found on our charger page.  Additionally, you should check to see if there are any government or utility subsidies available that can help reduce the cost of your charger. 

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