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The Fastest Home EV Chargers for 2023

2022 was a notable year for the electric vehicle industry.

We’ve seen new EVs with features more powerful than the next.

2022 was also a big year for EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment). With increased power and efficiency, EV chargers are now allowing you to charge up faster and get the most out of your electric vehicle.

While the nationwide network of chargers is growing, it’s still not as efficient as refueling gas powered vehicles.

With most EV owners still preferring the convenience of home charging, we’re here to help you find out how you can improve your home charging experience.

So, what is the fastest home EV charger you can get in 2023?

Different types of EV chargers explained

If you haven’t read our previous blogs about the different types of battery EV chargers, let’s have a little recap.

There are three levels of EV chargers:

Level 1 EV chargers

Level 1 charging, also called trickle charging, is the simplest and has the slowest charging speed of the three.

Most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 electric car charger, which you can simply plug into your standard outlet.

It’s only capable of 4 to 6 miles of range per hour, which is likely enough for your daily commute.

If you have an electric car with a 200-mile range, it will take around 35 to 50 hours to fully charge.

Level 2 EV chargers

Level 2 chargers are plugged into 220-240-volt outlets that are typically used for washing machines, electric dryers, and other major appliances.

You may also opt for a hardwire installation which can give you a bit more power than the plug in EV charger.

Level 2 chargers are often found in public EV charging stations like in offices, malls, and supermarkets, so you can have your battery topped up while you’re grocery shopping.

With a Level 2 EV charger, EV batteries can go from zero to full charge in just under 10 hours.

Level 2 EV chargers are the perfect choice if you want to charge overnight.

DC fast chargers

DC fast charging uses direct current (DC power) instead of alternating current.

A fast charger delivers DC power directly to your car, with up to 400-900V of maximum power.

Depending on your car’s battery capacity, this can charge your unit from zero to 80% in just under 30 minutes!

All electric vehicles sold in North America (with the exception of Tesla/NACS) use the Combined Charging System connector for DC charging.

For models like the Nissan Leaf, the CHAdeMO plug is used.

How to charge an electric car at home?

Most electric vehicles come with a Level 1 EV charger which you can easily plug into your standard wall outlet.

While convenient, it’s very slow and can take days to top up your EV battery.

If you want to make the most out of home charging, you’d want to install a Level 2 charging station in your garage.

But first, you’ll have to assess your home’s readiness.

Find out if your home’s electrical grid can handle the added burden of car charging. Most residential electrical systems are not created with EV charging in mind.

One hint that you need electrical upgrades is when your electrical panel doesn’t have any room for an additional circuit breaker.

Installation costs of EV chargers vary based on where you live and how complicated the installation process is.

If you park right next to an electrical panel and you want to install a charger just a few feet away, installation, including permitting could cost around 500. The total cost of installing one will go higher if your electrical panel needs upgrading.

If you need an electrical service upgrade, expect to shell out an average price of 5,000 to 8,000.

Installing an electric vehicle charger at home comes with other perks aside from the convenience.

Yes, the upfront costs may be higher but you will be saving money in the long run.

For one, there’s the Federal tax credit, which essentially returns 30% of the cost of hardware and installation, up to 1,000 if you install a home EV charging station.

There’s also the Time of Use rates, which offer lower electricity rates during off peak hours.

What is the best home EV charger?

Here are some of the Best EV chargers in the market today:

Lectron V-Box.

The best EV charger in terms of power and price is the Lectron V-Box, which comes in two versions: the 40 Amp and the 48 Amp. This Level 2 home EV charger allows you to adjust your desired amp setting from as low as 16 Amps and has high as 48 amps. providing has much as 46 miles of range per hour. It has a NEMA 14-50 plug and a 20-foot cord length. And with an IP55 rating, the Lectron V-Box is perfectly safe for outdoor use. It is also much more affordable compared to the rest of the chargers in the list. giving you the most bang for your buck.

ChargePoint Home Flex.

ChargePoint has one of the biggest networks of EV charging stations in the country. And its 50-amp Home Flex is similar in operation to its public chargers. It can either be hardwired into a 240-volt circuit or plugged into an existing 240-volt outlet. It has a 23-foot cable which gives you more installation options. It’s one of the few Smart chargers with Wi-Fi connection. Its major downside though is its price tag, setting you back almost 900.

JuiceBox 40

JuiceBox is one of the few chargers that has Wi-Fi connectivity. This Level 2 charging unit has a 32-amp version, 40-amp version, and a 48-amp version that matches the Tesla Wall Connector. It has an adjustable output level from as low as 6 amps. At 699, it is still significantly more expensive than the Lectron V-Box.

Tesla Wall Connector.

If you have a Tesla vehicle, the Tesla Wall Connector is still the best EV charger for home charging. But even if you have a non Tesla EV, you can still enjoy 48-amp charging using a Lectron Tesla to J1772 adapter.

Which home EV charger is right for you?

While all of these suggestions are great, choosing the right EV charger for your home ultimately boils down to how you want it to be installed, how much power you need, and how much you’re willing to spend.

If you’re looking for the best home EV charging station with the most bang for your buck, go for the Lectron V-Box. It’s quite a bit cheaper compared to the other options, and can provide up to 46 miles of range for most EVs.

If you’re an EV owner who only care about charge speed and willing to pay extra for extra features, the ChargePoint Home Flex is your best option.

And if you’re a previous Tesla owner who has an existing Wall Connector in your garage, stick to it and use an adapter like the Lectron Tesla to J1772 adapter to charge your non-Tesla EV.

Why should I install an EV charger at home?

Installing an EV charger at home has its perks, the topmost being convenience. ridding the pain of public charging stations from your routine.

With tax breaks given to those who would install a home charger and special electricity rates during off peak hours, you’re effectively saving more money charging at home than at public charging stations.

FAQs

Are all EV home chargers the same?

No, not all EV home chargers are the same. While they may be similar when it comes to charging speed, some have extra features that the others don’t. Case in point, Wi-Fi connectivity.

Which is the best charger for electric cars?

This will depend on a few factors including your driving habits, how you want it to be installed, how much power you need, and how much you’re willing to spend. If we’re talking solely about convenience, any Level 2 EV charger can do the job. It’s significantly faster than a Level 1 charger but lesser complicated than a DC fast charger.

Can you buy a DC fast charger for home?

No, DC fast charging requires special facilities to operate and a residential home’s electrical grid is not designed for Rapid charge.

How long it takes to fully charge an electric car?

This will depend on your charger and your car’s total range. Let’s say you have a standard 200-mile range EV. It will take around 35 to 50 hours to fully charge using a Level 1 charger. With a Level 2 charger, it will take under 10 hours. And with a DC charger, it will take just under an hour to fully charge.

Can you install a DC fast charger at home?

No, DC fast chargers require specialized and powerful equipment to operate. Aside from its high cost, a residential area’s electrical grid is not designed for such powerful charging.

What is the fastest home electric car charger?

A 240-volt Level 2 charger like the Lectron V-BOX is the fastest way to charge an EV at home.

Charging at Home

Level 1 uses a standard household plug and an accessory charger that can be ordered with your Mercedes-EQ. This level is capable of charging your vehicle at a rate of around 2-4 miles per hour on a 110V circuit. Because of the very limited power output, we do not recommend relying on this method to charge your Mercedes-EQ vehicle. Level 2 Level 2 uses a separate wall box that can be purchased through ChargePoint. This home charging solution is capable of charging at a rate of around 20-30 miles per hour on a 240V circuit. At a maximum of 9.6 kW, the EQS can charge from 10 – 100% in just over 11 hours.

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ChargePoint Home Flex

The Level 2 charger we recommend is the ChargePoint Home Flex, which is one of the most advanced and highly rated connected wallboxes on the market.

Installation

We recommend Qmerit to complete the installation of your home charger. The installation costs vary and depend on the individual setup of your home. Complete your home assessment and request a quote today.

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Get up to speed with EV charging.

Boost your all-electric knowledge with videos that simplify electricity and charging concepts.

Find out what you need to know about the charging process—whether in the convenience of home or on the go.

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How to install a Level 2 charger.

You just need a licensed electrician to install it. Here are some equipment and installation options:

ChargePoint® Home Flex can charge your EV in the comfort of your own garage.

Need help finding an electrician? Qmerit can connect you with a licensed electrician near you.

Charging has gone public.

Juice up on the go by tapping into a network of public charging stations.

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Finding a station has never been easier.

With currently over 30,000 public stations supporting Level 2 and DC Fast Charging, charging on the go is more convenient than ever. Just pull up, plug in, and charge up. And Toyota is working with ChargePoint and EVgo to help make tapping into their networks even easier.

Customers who purchase or lease a new 2023 Toyota bZ4X will get one year of unlimited complimentary charging at all EVgo-owned and operated public charging stations nationwide.

Charging Stations In Your Area

Charger Types

  • Level 2 Charger Supports: bZ4X, RAV4 Prime, Prius Prime
  • Level 3 Charger Supports: bZ4X

Charging Networks

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0% of charging energy matched with renewable energy.

Clean Assist allows eligible All-Electric Vehicle owners nationwide and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle owners in California to offset their vehicle charging with 100% renewable energy—no matter where the vehicles are plugged in. And there’s no cost to participate in the program.

How it Works

Owners of eligible vehicles can opt into the Toyota Clean Assist program through the Toyota App. Active Remote Connect Trial or Subscription required.

The Toyota App then tracks the amount of the electricity used during charging and calculates the net emissions produced by charging.

Toyota then generates, or buys, an equivalent amount of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), ensuring that all charging activity is matched with zero-carbon electricity.

Vehicle Benefits

Feel the smooth acceleration, instant torque delivery and quiet drive—all advantages of the electric motor over an internal combustion engine.

Reducing CO2 emissions by going fully electric is one way we can lessen our impact on the environment.

All-Electric and Plug-In Hybrid vehicles can bring about potential state incentives. Preliminary expectations include a lower cost of ownership, including overall service and maintenance costs.

FAQs

What are the different types of electrified vehicles?

Electrified vehicles come in four flavors: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell, and all-electric (referred to as Battery EVs, BEVs, or simply EVs).

Toyota offers a wide range of hybrids and plug-in hybrids, as well as the fuel cell Mirai in California, and the all-electric bZ4X. Discover this growing lineup at toyota.com/electrified.

Why drive an all-electric vehicle?

Three words: convenience, fun and savings.

All-electric vehicles can be conveniently charged at home, overnight and on-demand, as well as at public charging stations when out and about. No more trips to the gas station needed.

They’re also fun to drive, thanks to the immediate torque response from the electric motors, as well as the smooth acceleration and quiet cabin.

Drivers won’t just save money by avoiding the gas pump, either—they may also be able to enjoy state incentives, as well as the potential long-term maintenance savings typical of an all-electric powertrain.

And as icing on the cake, driving an all-electric vehicle can also help the environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

What is the all-electric vehicle driving experience like?

Thanks to the use of electric motors instead of internal combustion engines, all-electric vehicles provide smooth acceleration, immediate torque response and a surprisingly quiet ride experience.

How far will an all-electric vehicle go?

The driving range of an all-electric vehicle will vary depending on how/where you drive, charging habits, accessory use, outside temperature and other factors. Battery capacity also decreases with time and use, which will reduce range.

What can impact driving range?

All-electric driving range may decrease significantly depending on speed, outside temperature, accessory use, how/where you drive, charging habits, and other factors. Battery capacity also decreases with time and use which will reduce range.

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Where can I charge an all-electric vehicle?

All-electric vehicles can be charged at home with Level 1 or Level 2 charging solutions, or at public charging stations with Level 2 and Level 3.

Many public charging networks, like ChargePoint and EVgo, further simplify the charging process by providing app-based charger access and payment.

What are the different charging levels?

There are three different all-electric vehicle charging levels.

Level 1 is the basic charging solution. Primarily for home use, Level 1 charging cables plug directly into a standard wall outlet. They are usually included with the vehicle and are totally portable, so they can go where you and your vehicle go. This is the slowest option, however, with all-electric vehicles requiring days to reach a full charge. Because of this charging time, Level 1 is best used with plug-in hybrids.

Level 2 is a more powerful AC charging solution that is commonly found both at home and at public charging stations. Level 2 chargers are ideal for charging all-electric vehicles overnight, but for home use, the equipment must be purchased and installed by a licensed electrician.

Level 3 is also known as “DC Fast Charging,” and usually can be the quickest charging solution. This is partially because it outputs DC electricity, which means the vehicle doesn’t need to convert incoming AC first. Level 3 is not practical for residential use and is only found at select public charging stations. Charge time will vary widely depending on outside temperature and other factors. DC Fast Charging is only available for bZ4X at this time.

How do I charge an all-electric vehicle?

The actual fill-up process is similar to that of a gasoline vehicle—simply insert the connector into the vehicle and charging will begin. In fact, most all-electric vehicles will also allow you to set a charging schedule to take advantage of varying electricity rates throughout the day.

This charging process can vary depending on equipment and location. Watch the how-to video on this page to learn more.

How do I monitor and manage my charging?

For Toyota vehicles with active Connected Services trials or subscriptions, the Toyota app is the best resource for home-charging management. It offers great tools and insights, including vehicle range, charging scheduling, tracking charging status and costs, and more.

The Toyota app can also be used to find public charging locations, as well as handle charging and payment at select network stations.

You can also monitor your charging—including battery level and estimated range—through the Multi-Information Display (MID) and central touchscreen in your vehicle.

It’s important to note that any estimated vehicle range calculations shown are based on previous usage patterns and may not accurately predict the vehicle range.

Where can I find out more information about Toyota’s electrified vehicles?

You can learn more about Toyota’s current and future electrified lineup by visiting toyota.com/electrified.

Guide On How To Charge Your Electric Car With Charging Stations

Electric cars (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles are relatively new on the market and the fact that they use electricity to propel themselves means a new infrastructure has been put into place, one which few are familiar with. This is why we have created this useful guide to explain and clarify the different charging solutions used to charge an electric car.

In this EV charging guide, you’ll learn more about the 3 places where it’s possible to charge, the 3 different levels of charging available in North America, fast charging with superchargers, charging times, and connectors. You’ll also discover an essential tool for public charging, and useful links to answer all of your questions.

Before we get into those concepts, it is good to know the various terms used for charging stations. They usually all refer to the same thing.

  • Charging station
  • Charging outlet
  • Charging plug
  • Charging port
  • Charger
  • EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment)

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Electric Car Home Chargers

Charging an electric car or plug-in hybrid is mainly done at home.Home charging accounts actually for 80% of all charging done by EV drivers. This is why it’s important to understand the solutions available, along with the pros of each.

Home Charging Solutions: Level 1 Level 2

There are two types of home charging: level 1 charging and level 2 charging.

  • Level 1 charging happens when you charge an electric vehicle (EV) using the charger included with the car. These chargers can be plugged with one end into any standard 120V outlet, with the other end being plugged directly into the car. It can charge 200 kilometers (124 miles) in 20 hours.
  • Level 2 chargers are sold separately from the car, although they’re often purchased at the same time. These chargers require a slightly more complicated setup, as they are plugged into a 240V outlet which allows charging 3 to 7 times faster depending on the electric car and the charger. All of these chargers have an SAE J1772 connector and are available for online purchase in Canada and the USA. They usually have to be installed by an electrician. You can learn more about level 2 charging stations in this guide.

For every electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, the use of a level 2 home charging station is recommended to help you charge faster and enjoy your EV’s full potential. Provincial and municipal incentives are available in some regions to help with purchase and installation costs. You can also check the following websites for more information.

  • Quebec incentives for electric car home chargers
  • British Columbia incentives for electric car home chargers (the program is temporarily suspended)
  • For the United States, we suggest you check your government website.

The pros of home charging

To enjoy all the benefits of charging at home, you need to use a level 2 home charger.

A fully charged battery in a few hours

A level 2 charger allows you to charge your electric car 5 to 7 times faster for a full-electric car or up to 3 times faster for a plug-in hybrid compared to a level 1 charger. This means you’ll be able to maximize the use of your EV and reduce stops to charge at public charging stations.

It takes around four hours to fully charge a 30-kWh battery car (standard battery for an electric car), which allows you to make the most out of driving your EV, especially when you have a limited time to charge.

Start Your Day Fully Charged

Home charging is normally done on evenings and at night. Just connect your charger to your electric car when you come home from work, and you’ll be sure to have a fully charged battery the next morning. Most of the time, an EV’s range is enough for all your daily travel, meaning you won’t have to stop at public chargers for charging. At home, your electric car charges while you eat, play with the kids, watch TV, and sleep!

Save Big on Charging Costs

  • In Quebec, it is about 30% less expensive to charge at home than at a public charger and 6 times less expensive to drive 100 km (62 miles) on electricity than on gas.
  • In Ontario, it is roughly 65% less expensive to charge at home than at a public charger and 5 times less expensive to drive 100 km (62 miles) on electricity than on gas.
  • In British Columbia, it is roughly 30% cheaper to charge at home than at a public charger and 5 times less expensive to drive 100 km (62 miles) on electricity than on gas.
  • In the United States, it all depends on the price of electricity and gas. You have to compare the consumption of electricity in kWh/100 miles of the EV multiplied by the cost of the kWh vs. the consumption of gallons/100 miles of the gas car multiplied by the price of a gallon of gas. That way, you will be able to quickly know how much you could save on your travel costs.

Electric Car Public Charging Stations

Public charging allows EV drivers to charge their electric cars on the road when they need to travel longer distances than allowed by their EV’s autonomy. These public chargers are often located near restaurants, shopping centers, parking spots, and such public spaces.

To locate them easily, we suggest you use ChargeHub’s charging stations map that is available on iOS, Android, and web browsers. The map lets you easily find every public charger in North America. You can also see most chargers’ status in real time, make itineraries, and more. We’ll be using our map in this guide to explain how the public charging works.

There are three main things to know about public charging: the 3 different levels of charging, the difference between connectors and the charging networks.

Charging Station Connectors

Charging Station Networks

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