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Charger Types and Speeds

EVs can be charged using electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) operating at different charging speeds.

Level 1

Level 1 equipment provides charging through a common residential 120-volt (120V) AC outlet. Level 1 chargers can take 40-50 hours to charge a BEV to 80 percent from empty and 5-6 hours for a PHEV.

Level 2

Level 2 equipment offers higher-rate AC charging through 240V (in residential applications) or 208V (in commercial applications) electrical service, and is common for home, workplace, and public charging. Level 2 chargers can charge a BEV to 80 percent from empty in 4-10 hours and a PHEV in 1-2 hours.

Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC)

Direct current fast charging (DCFC) equipment offers Rapid charging along heavy-traffic corridors at installed stations. DCFC equipment can charge a BEV to 80 percent in just 20 minutes to 1 hour. Most PHEVs currently on the market do not work with fast chargers.

Level 2 and DCFC equipment has been deployed at various public locations including, for example, at grocery stores, theaters, or coffee shops. When selecting a charger type, consider its voltages, resulting charging and vehicle dwell times, and estimated up-front and ongoing costs.

The figure below shows typical Level 2 and DCFC charging stations 1.

EV Charging Minimum Standards Rule

FHWA, with support from the Joint Office of Energy Transportation, unveiled new national standards for federally funded EV chargers in February 2023. These new standards aim to ensure that charging is a predictable and reliable experience for EV drivers. This includes ensuring that drivers can easily find a charger, do not need multiple apps and/or accounts to charge, chargers work when drivers need them to, and are designed to be compatible in the future with forward-looking charging capabilities.

The rule establishes minimum technical standards for charging stations, including required number of charging ports, connector types, power level, availability, payment methods, uptime/reliability, EV charger infrastructure network connectivity, and interoperability, among other standards and requirements.

Overview of EV Chargers

The below table summarizes the typical power output, charging time, and locations for PHEVs and BEVs for the different charger types. For more information on the power requirements of different chargers, see the Utility Planning section of the toolkit.

1 Note that charging speed is affected by many factors, including the charger manufacturer, condition, and age; air temperature; vehicle battery capacity; and vehicle age and condition.

2 Different vehicles have different charge ports. For DCFC, the Combined Charging System (CCS) connector is based on an open international standard and is common on vehicles manufactured in North America and Europe; the CHArge de Move (CHAdeMO) connector is most common for Japanese manufactured vehicles. Tesla vehicles have a unique connector that works for all charging speeds, including at Tesla’s “Supercharger” DCFC stations, while non-Tesla vehicles require adapters at these stations.

3 AC = alternating current; DC = direct current.

4 Assuming an 8-kWh battery; most plug-in hybrids do not work with fast chargers.

6 To 80 percent charge. Charging speed slows as the battery gets closer to full to prevent damage to the battery. Therefore, it is more cost- and time-efficient for EV drivers to use direct current (DC) fast charging until the battery reaches 80 percent, and then continue on their trip. It can take about as long to charge the last 10 percent of an EV battery as the first 90 percent.

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.


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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Charging Your Vehicle

Imagine never stopping at a gas station again, and instead, have an unlimited supply of fuel available at home or wherever you normally park. For many electric car drivers, this is a reality. All-electric cars never need gas, and for short trips, plug-in hybrids might use no gas.

Electric car charging is simple, cost-effective and convenient, particularly when you are plugged in at home—filling up your car even while you’re asleep. How long it takes to charge depends on the charging equipment and the size of the car’s battery and its available charging capacity.

Although electric car drivers primarily charge at home, workplace and public chargers are increasingly available in communities nationwide.

There are three convenient ways to charge your electric car.

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I can charge at home any time I want, and it is quiet and drives beautifully!

It’s so quiet and quick. I wake up everyday with a full charge, ready to go.

No need to gas up weekly! After work I just come home and plug my car in.

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Charging Basics

You can charge your electric car using standard 120 volt(V) home outlets (Level 1), 208-240V outlets like those used by your dryer (Level 2), or dedicated 480V public fast chargers (DC Fast Charging). The time it takes to charge using each of these three options depends on your drive and the size of the battery. Charging speed is also determined by the size of the vehicle’s on-board charger and the power lever of the charging equipment.

Level 1

Level 1 charging uses a standard 120-volt plug. Today, new electric cars come with portable charging equipment to allow you to plug in to any 120-volt outlet. Typically, the average daily commute of 40 miles can be easily replenished overnight with a Level 1 charger.

Level 2

In most cases Level 2 charging requires charging equipment to be purchased and installed. The typical Level 2 charger can replenish the same 40 mile average daily commute in less than 2 hours.

DC Fast Charging

DC fast chargers can provide 10 to 20 miles of range per minute.

DC Fast Charging is for public charging stations only and not for home use.

Most fully electric cars are equipped for DC Fast Charging today, but always be aware of your car’s charging connector before you try to plug in. You will either have a Tesla connector that can be used at a Tesla Supercharger, an SAE Combo connector or a Chademo connector.

Want to learn more on Fast Charging?

Check out this Quick Guide to Fast Charging by ChargePoint.

Level 1 and Level 2 Charging Options

Level 1: Electric cars come standard with a 120-volt Level 1 portable charger. Yes, these chargers can be plugged into a simple household outlet, and don’t require any special installation. Pretty cool, right?

Level 2: Drivers can also pursue a higher-powered Level 2 unit for sale and installation in their home. Shop Level 2 chargers and learn about incentives using our Home Charging Advisor. Learn more about home charging with our FAQs.

Tesla’s electric cars come with a plug-in 120/240-volt Level 1/2 charger. These require a 240-volt outlet, which most owners need to have professionally installed.

In general, most electric car drivers want the assurance and convenience of a quicker charge and eventually install the 240-volt, Level 2 charging ability in their home.

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Find chargers and apply for incentives for charging your EV at home.

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Workplace Charging

If charging at home is not an option or if you need to “top off” during the day for an extra errand, workplace charging is another convenient location to charge your car. Many employers are installing charging for their employees, so check with your company to see if this is an option for you.

If your employer has not implemented workplace charging yet, you can advocate that workplace charging is a good move. You can also provide them resources to help them consider the benefits.

Public Charging

Never fear! There are so many great charging station locators and mobile apps that help you find public charging stations when and where you need it. You can now expect public charging stations in public parking lots at the mall, the grocery store, movie theaters, community centers, arenas, hotels and airports.

Many are free or are offered at affordable prices, usually much less than the cost of gasoline.

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You can search by charging speed and even by the station location you are interested, if it is available or currently in use.

Be sure to check with the car manufacturer and electric car driving manual for charging options that are right for your electric car. You may also need a subscription to charge with some of these networks, so plan ahead and do your research before going on that long road trip.

If you are a city or county looking to install public chargers in your area, check out the permitting video and resources to learn more about how you can increase charging in your area.

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Convenient and cost-effective, in the comfort of your home.

The majority of people charge their electric vehicle at home. And no wonder: It gives you the flexibility to charge whenever you want, day or night. Plus the convenience of not having to drive to a petrol station or public charge point and queue. Not to mention the potential of saving you a great deal of money in the long run.

Home charging does require off-street parking, and you’ll need to have a dedicated home charger installed. The good news: Kia offers all that in a one-stop service, that is convenient, cost-effective and packed with Smart benefits.

Three simple steps to installing your home charger.

Having a charger fitted in your home is easier than you think – with our professional and seamless installation service.

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Submit your request Simply visit your local Kia dealer and register for the Kia Charge Home Solution portal.

Plan for installation Coordinate details in advance via the Kia Charge Home Solution portal – providing information and photos, e.g. about the location, the fuse box and other important aspects, to assure a smooth installation.

Leave it to the pros Have an approved and certified professional come to your home and install your home charger on a pre-arranged date.

One solution. Endless benefits.

Once installed, you can charge whenever you like – and the benefits of the Kia Charge Home Solution just keep on flowing. Here are just a few.

Convenience peace of mind Keep your life as easy and convenient as possible, thanks to 24/7 customer support and regular maintenance that make sure your home charger is in working order at all times. And with your own personal home charger you can keep checks on its condition and avoid any surprises much better.

Cost-effectiveness As well as saving money on fuel and motor tax with every day you drive electric, the cost of green electricity is also falling year on year. Meaning even lower bills in future.

Flexibility with tariffs With Kia’s professional home charging solution, you are free to choose your electricity supplier. And switch tariff whenever it makes sense for you.

Possible subsidies Depending where you live, you may find that your local authority subsidizes or grants tax credits on your purchase of a home charging solution. Making it even better value for money.

Long-term future value The Kia Charge Home Solution is engineered for the future – meaning it is compatible for use both with current and future electric vehicle models. It is also likely to increase the value of your property – with demand for homes with chargers growing as more and more people switch to electric driving.

Smart Home Charging

All of our Solo 3 chargers also come installed with a 3-year warranty with an option to extend to 5 years.

Please note: 22kW home chargers require a three-phase household electrical supply.

Charge activity monitoring with the Pod Point App gives you insights into your energy usage.

  • Oversee your car charging costs and track every kWh used.
  • Make informed decisions on when to charge, by viewing a forecast of your local carbon intensity, provided by National Grid.
  • Export itemised reports that can form part of your vehicle/house budgeting.
  • Learn when it’s cheapest to charge on your energy tariff.

Auto Power Balancing adjusts the rate of charge to avoid overloading your electrical supply when your home is using a lot of energy.

The charging will return to the fastest rate automatically, once more power is available.

  • Keeps your car charging without disrupting your home.
  • Makes it possible to install a 7kW charging point on almost any electrical supply.
  • Lets you run all your home appliances as desired (including extra home charging stations for other vehicles).

Our Charge Scheduling feature lets you charge overnight on off-peak rates.

  • Unlock the full benefits of EV ownership and drive for less than 2.5p per mile with Pod Point’s Smart home charger and EDF’s Go Electric tariff.
  • Take advantage of dual-rate electricity tariffs and save on costs by automatically scheduling your EV to charge during off-peak hours.

Applies to Wi-Fi enabled Solo chargers, typically installed after 2018. Requires a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection.

Based on average consumption of 3.5 miles per kWh.

When connected to Wi-Fi, the Solo 3 gets automatic software updates over-the-air.

  • Unlock new features for your chargepoint in the future without changing the physical charger.
  • Enable remote customer service and diagnostics from our team.
  • Get the latest software version for optimal performance.

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Based on average consumption of 3.5 miles per kWh.

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Are you eligible for the OZEV EV chargepoint grant?

The OZEV EV chargepoint grant reduces the cost of a home charger and its installation by £350.

Eligibility Checklist:

  • Live in a rented property or own a flat.
  • Have dedicated off-street parking.
  • Own, lease or have an eligible vehicle on order.
  • Not already have claimed a chargepoint grant.

% of our customers are eligible for standard installation.

What does this include?

What if I don’t qualify for standard installation?

If you don’t meet the criteria we can usually still carry out the home installation but an additional cost may be incurred.

Once your order is placed, we’ll be in touch to better understand your requirements and produce a no-obligation quote for the additional works. If you decide not to proceed, a full refund will be provided.

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Installation of your Solo 3

Your home installation is included with your Solo 3 if it meets our standard install criteria.

Our team of Pod Point Experts go the extra mile to provide an excellent experience.

Your Pod Point Expert

Pod Point Experts are City and Guilds accredited electricians with thousands of hours of experience installing electric vehicle chargepoints.


Your Pod Point Expert will confirm their arrival time with you in advance of the installation.


Your Expert will find the best position for your charger based on your power supply and how you park your car.


Standard installation package

Your install is included in the price of the home charger if it meets our standard install criteria. If it doesn’t, we’ll provide a no-obligation quote or a full refund if you’re not happy to proceed.

Next, the charger is fixed to the wall, a cable is run from the unit to the mains power supply, and it will be activated for use.

Your Expert will then connect the charger to the Wi-Fi and pair it with the Pod Point App.


Your Expert will give you a full demonstration of your charger, what the different lights mean and how to get in touch if you have any questions.

Finally, you will be shown how to find and use public chargepoints in your area.

Top 5 FAQs

It depends on your preference:

  • Convenience. Tethered chargers have a cable already attached which will either be Type 1 or Type 2.
  • Flexibility. While you need to plug the cable into a universal charger, you can use both Type 1 and Type 2 cables.
  • Cable length. A tethered charger’s cable will be either 4.8m (Type 1) or 7.5m (Type 2) in length, whereas a universal charging cable can be up to 10m for either connector type.
  • Cost. Tethered chargers cost more upfront because they include the charging cable, whereas you can buy a universal charger without a cable.

It can’t be connected to a 3-pin plug socket; the Solo 3 needs to be connected to the main electrical supply.

Non-standard charger installations may incur an additional cost. Once your order is placed, we’ll be in touch to better understand your requirements and produce a no-obligation quote for any additional works. If you decide not to proceed, you’ll receive a full refund.

What information or data is collected by my Solo 3 and stored by Pod Point? Who has access to this data?

Your household energy usage data is only used for hardware and technical support.

If you choose to pair the Solo 3 with the Pod Point App (using your PSL number) this data is then displayed to the logged-in Pod Point-account holder via their Smart device using the Pod Point App.

  • Our Network Assurance team uses this data for support and diagnostic purposes.
  • Our Data team assesses and manages this data for analysis.
  • Our Software team maintains the software which stores this data.

We provide a remote survey in advance of your install. Our Pod Point Expert will then conduct a site survey when they arrive on the day of your install.

Go Electric tariff disclaimers:

Calculation based on average annual usage of 2,013kWh. (Datsourced from Pod Point customers average annual charging at home) Cost saving calculation compares charging on current Energy Price Guarantee rate (33.2p per kWh) vs EDF Go Electric off peak rate (8p per kWh). This is a variable tariff so can change, which would impact annual savings. Calculations are based on using a 7kWh home charger and charging within daily 5 hour off peak window (12am-5am during winter GMT and 1am-6am during Summer BST), slower charging speeds may result in charging outside of the off peak window and will increase cost.

The benefit of this tariff will depend on when your household energy usage occurs, when and where you charge your car, changes to wholesale energy and any future energy price cap changes.

This tariff is variable, meaning could change. This may impact cost savings and could mean change before your Pod Point is installed, depending on available/chosen installation dates.

The features of this tariff, its availability and any or costs displayed were correct at the time of writing according to information provided by EDF but may change in future. Before switching, you should consider the suitability of EDF’s Go Electric Tariff for your charging and household needs using the information and support provided by EDF. Pod Point does not take responsibility for your choice of electricity provider.”

Applies to Wi-Fi enabled Solo chargers, typically installed after 2018. Requires a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection.

Customers must have a Smart meter to access this tariff, full eligibility criteria can be found here.

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