What Is Level 2 EV Charging?
Steve Birkett is an electric vehicle advocate based in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. He is a content creator and marketing professional who contributes written and recorded pieces to a wide range of media outlets. His analysis has been featured in Find The Best Car Price, WWLP TV, and Torque News, among others. He has also had video content featured on Inside EVs. Birkett was an EV Guide for Plug in America events in Massachusetts (Drive Electric Cambridge and Drive Electric Lowell) and Ohio (Earth Day 2019 at Cleveland Zoo). He participates in quarterly advisory panel meetings for EVolve New York (a state-level charging initiative) and has contributed to focus groups for prominent U.S. charging networks.
Birkett is a father-of-two who loves nothing more than packing up the family and hitting the road in their latest electric car, which is currently a 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5. With multiple Chevy Bolts in his past, as well as a Chevy Volt and Tesla Model 3 LR in the extended family, plus various EV rentals when he ventures back home to his native United Kingdom, Birkett has more than 100,000 all-electric miles under his belt and is always ready to try out a new electric vehicle.
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Level 2 charging, typically using 220-240 volts, is the most commonly used form of electric vehicle (EV) charging, both at home and in public. It uses higher-powered AC electrical outlets that you’ll find at home for dryers and other high-power appliances.
This form of EV charging delivers approximately 20 to 30 miles of range per hour, depending on the EV being charged and how much battery capacity it has. For that reason, it is a significant upgrade on level 1 charging through a portable charge cord.
Level 2 charging often requires additional installation or equipment, beyond the standard charging cable that often comes with the vehicle. Level 2 charging is recommended for regular daily charging needs, as it can fully charge a battery overnight in most cases, giving the EV owner full range for the next day of driving.