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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.

Set up your at-home charging station.

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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

  • ChargePoint
  • EVgo

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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.

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.

Charging your electric vehicle

Tips and resources about charging electric vehicles (EVs) at home or on the road from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Vehicle charging 101, public charging, charging at homes with or without garages and driveways, charging at an apartment, condo, or multiunit dwelling.

There are many options for charging electric vehicles today, from at home or at work to along the highway during a road trip. While it’s often convenient to charge at home, there are over 350 public charging plugs in Portland. and more on the way.

Electric vehicle charging 101

There are three main types of chargers that you will encounter: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 (also called DC Fast Charging):

  • Level 1 charging uses a standard 120V outlet that you are likely to find in your garage. This is the slowest type of charging and will add an average of 5 miles per hour of charge. Also called “trickle charging,” this type of charging is not offered commercially and is typically only used at home.
  • Level 2 charging requires a 240V outlet. These chargers can be installed in your home with a basic electrical upgrade and are very commonly used for public chargers. Level 2 chargers add 20 to 60 miles per hour of charge.
  • Level 3 chargers, or DC Fast Chargers, are only used in commercial settings. These chargers are most often found along highways since they provide 60 to 100 miles per 20 minutes of charge. For example, the West Coast Electric Highway project is working to install DC Fast Chargers every 25 to 50 miles from the British Columbia to the Mexico border.

If you’re able to charge at home, that is likely the easiest and most affordable option. If not, the City is working to expand public charging opportunities, with a FOCUS on providing more convenient, safe and affordable chargers near multi-unit dwellings and commercial centers. Many workplaces also offer EV chargers in company parking lots or garages, so don’t forget to check with your employer when considering your charging options.

Public charging in Portland

Portland has worked with private sector partners to provide convenient, accessible charging for drivers since 2011 when Electric Avenue opened in downtown Portland, one of the nation’s first fast charging pods in the public right-of-way. The City has continued working to expand opportunities to charge since then, most recently with a new policy that is being developed to permit the installation of EV chargers in the public right-of-way in areas across the city.

There are several maps you can use to find available public charging stations and sort by network, connector type, power supply, price, and other filters. A few that are useful to be familiar with include the Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center, Plugshare, and ChargePoint.

How to use public chargers

How to charge your electric vehicle:

Locate charger of the correct plug type and speed

Make sure you can access the network

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Park in the appropriate spot next to the charger

Follow instructions to plug the charger into your vehicle

Start the charge and relax!

Keep an eye on your charging app so you can move your car once the charge is complete

There are many vendors that manage public charging stations. The requirements for use vary by vendor, and while you might not need to be a paid member to use a vendor’s station, you do often need to have their mobile app downloaded. Often, becoming a member and using the vendor’s mobile app to facilitate charging offers a slight discount when you use that station. You should prepare to join at least one network but if you intend to rely heavily on public charging, you may want to consider registering with multiple vendors. Many vendors are making agreements to allow their users to “roam” freely by charging for no additional cost at another vendor’s station, so check your network’s roaming partners before registering elsewhere. Additionally, if you are planning a road trip, you might want to consider joining a network that focuses heavily on fast chargers along highway systems in the area where you will be traveling. The membership details for the most common EV charging vendors in Portland are below. The City of Portland does not endorse any of the vendors on this list. This list is solely for informational purposes, not for promotion: Chargepoint, Blink, Sema Charge, Tesla, Volta, OP Connect, EV Connect, Electrify America, Greenlots, and EVgo.

Home charging with a garage or driveway

The most common place to charge an EV is at home, and it’s often the least expensive.

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If you live in a home with a garage or driveway you can charge your EV using a standard wall outlet, also known as Level 1 charging. This is a good option if you typically charge your EV overnight. You can also install a Level 2 charger for your personal use, which will charge your EV in a few hours. Level 2 chargers use 240 volts of electricity, which is similar to a standard electric dryer or oven and sometimes requires a simple electrical upgrade to your home. Before going forward with the electrical upgrade required for a Level 2 charger, you must apply for an electrical permit from the Bureau of Development Services.

Don’t forget to check for incentives or rebates – as of January 2023, Portland General Electric and Pacific Power customers are eligible for a rebate of up to 1,000 for installing an EV charger in their home. Additionally, the Inflation Reduction Act extended the federal tax credit on charging equipment through 2032, which covers up to 30% of sales price up to 1,000.

Home charging without a garage or driveway

To support residents who want to transition to an EV but do not have a garage or driveway, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has amended the Encroachment Manual to allow residents to run a Level 1 (110 volt) charging cord from their house and across the sidewalk to charge their EV at the curb, provided that their residence meets the specifications listed below in the cord cover allowance section.

Individual residents and businesses are prohibited from installing EV chargers in the public right-of-way. Given a variety of concerns. including health, life, and safety issues, liability concerns, state utility requirements, and more. this means Portlanders are prohibited from installing a Level 2 or DC fast charger curbside in front of their home or business. There are no exceptions to this and no process for appeals. Additionally, no public parking spaces are allowed to be reserved by private citizens for the purpose of EV charging, including for the cord cover allowance.

PBOT is currently developing policy to support public EV charging in commercial areas across Portland by permitted EV charging companies and local utilities, which would better support residents who are unable to charge at home. While that policy is being developed, PBOT is not issuing permits to install EV chargers in the public right-of-way.

Both public charging and workplace charging are valuable options for residents without garages or driveways at home. You can view all public charging stations in the area on this map and contact your workplace to see if there is charging availability there.

Cord cover allowance

In response to the many residents who have inquired about charging their electric vehicle curbside in front of their home, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has amended the Encroachment Manual to allow curbside charging with a cord cover in specific circumstances. Both renters and property owners are now allowed to run a Level 1 charging cord from their house and across the sidewalk area adjacent to their residence to charge their electric vehicle at the curb, provided that they use an ADA compliant cord cover. Parking spaces in front of residences may not be reserved for charging, and use of signage or other means to reserve the parking space in front of property is strictly prohibited and may be subject to penalties and fines pursuant to PBOT’s administrative rules. Cord covers must be used if there is a sidewalk or other hardscape walkable surface, such as concrete, pavement, or stone pavers, present in the area between your property line and the curb. Curbside charging with a cord cover is allowed by right if residents meet all the requirements below, meaning that no permit is required. Full details of the policy can be found in the Encroachment Manual.

Home charging in an apartment, condo, or other multiunit dwelling

If you live in an apartment building or other multiunit dwelling, the City of Portland is working to make EV charging accessible for you, too.

Building managers, owners, and homeowner’s associations can add EV charging to existing parking at multi-unit dwellings. If you’re not sure where to start, local nonprofit Forth Mobility helped assemble a roadmap to help guide the retrofit process of adding EV chargers in multi-unit dwellings.

Charging stations at multi-unit dwellings may also be eligible for incentives or rebates. As of January 2023, both local utilities Portland General Electric and Pacific Power offer their customers rebates for multi-unit dwelling charger installations.

The City is always looking ahead to find new ways to make transportation electrification easier, especially for Portlanders who cannot charge at home. One way this is happening is through the EV Ready Code Project, led by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. This project, currently under development, is crafting policy to ensure that new multi-unit dwelling and mixed-use developments with more than five units that include onsite parking will be built “EV Ready.” This means that electrical conduit will be installed in the parking area during construction to make the eventual installation of EV chargers cheaper and faster.

Charging your e-bike

E-bikes are becoming increasingly common on Portland’s streets and are a great electric mobility option that support the City’s climate and mode shift goals.

New models of e-bikes continue to enter the market, and their battery capacity ranges from 20 miles to 120 miles on a single charge. E-bikes can charge using a normal 120-volt outlet, so most people are able to charge their e-bike at home. However, recognizing that not all Portlanders can charge their e-bikes at home, PBOT included a requirement that 5% of bike parking must be near an outlet in a 2019 bike parking code update project.

There are also public charging opportunities for e-bikes across the state. The Oregon Department of Transportation upgraded all forty-seven charging stations along the West Coast Electric Highway in fall/winter 2022 to include a 120-volt outlet to provide free e-bike charging. The West Coast Electric Highway includes Interstate 5, Highway 101, and other major driving routes in Oregon and charging stations are available every 25 to 50 miles along the network.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: I live in an apartment building and want to buy an EV. What are my options for charging?

Answer: Some apartment buildings that have onsite parking, either in a parking lot or a garage, have installed EV chargers for their tenants. Reach out to your property manager or landlord to see what options are available in your situation.

If you’re unable to charge at home, there are still many opportunities to charge at public stations in Portland. Think about the places you drive regularly and look up public charging stations on this map from Plugshare. Many grocery stores, like Fred Meyer and New Seasons, have fast charging stations in their parking lot which will allow you to charge up while doing your weekly grocery shopping.

Finally, you can reach out to your employer and see if there are existing EV chargers are your workplace or, if not, you can advocate for their installation.

Question: I live in a single-family home without a garage or driveway. How do I charge my EV?

Answer: The Portland Bureau of Transportation recently updated a policy to allow for charging curbside in front of your house if you meet certain conditions. The cord cover allowance in the Encroachment Manual allows for individuals that live in a single-family residential zone and on a local service traffic street with a running grade of 10% or less to run a Level 1 (110 – 120 volt) extension cord from their property across the sidewalk to their car parked at the curb, provided that an ADA compliant cord cover is used.

You can find out if you live in a single-family residential zone using this map.

You can find examples of ADA compliant cord covers under the section titled “Home Charging Without a Garage or Driveway” on this webpage.

Please note that this allowance only allows Level 1 charging cords, not Level 2 or higher charging cords, to be run across the sidewalk. It also does not allow for residents to reserve parking spaces specifically for their personal charging use. If you would like to consult the full rule, the full text of cord cover allowance can be found in Section C.22 of the Encroachment Manual.

Question: Can the Cord Cover allowance include L2 cords, not just L1?

Answer: Given a variety of concerns – including health, life, and safety issues, liability concerns and more – Portlanders are prohibited from using a Level 2 (220 – 240 volt) or higher voltage cord to charge curbside under the cord cover allowance. Only Level 1 cords (110 – 120 volt) extension cords can be used at this time.

Question: Can I install a 220 – 240-volt outlet with outdoor rated conduit underneath the sidewalk and into the furnishing zone to charge my vehicle curbside in front of my home?

Answer: At this time, the installation of an outlet in the public right-of-way by an individual resident is prohibited. There are several factors that contributed to this decision, including health, life, and safety issues, liability concerns, and state utility location requirements, among others. Additionally, private citizens are prohibited from installing infrastructure for their private use in the public right-of-way, which would essentially privatize a public space. This private asset in a public space also raises several difficult policy questions, including who is responsible for the asset if the owner relocates.

Question: Can I install a L2/DC fast pedestal charger curbside in front of my residence for personal use?

Answer: At this time, only utilities and charging companies that meet City requirements will be allowed to install EV chargers in the public right-of-way, not businesses, private groups, or individual residents. There are several factors that contributed to this decision, including health, life, and safety issues, liability concerns; and, state utility location requirements, among others. Additionally, private citizens are generally prohibited from installing infrastructure for their private use in the public right-of-way, which could essentially privatize a public space. Having private assets in a public space also raises several difficult policy questions, including who is responsible for the asset if the owner relocates.

Another concern is that the infrastructural requirements of siting charging stations and the multidisciplinary coordination necessary to connect to the grid and install the asset in a public space are complex and costly and present substantial barriers. While navigating this space and financing the process might be attainable for some individuals, groups, or businesses, it is not attainable for all and could exclude many Portlanders.

Question: Can I install a Level 2 or DC fast pedestal charger curbside in front of my residence or business if I allow it to be used by the public?

Answer: At this time, that is not permitted. In addition to the concerns listed in the above answer, the challenges presented by privately-owned, publicly available infrastructure in public spaces are numerous and difficult to reconcile. Many difficult policy questions are raised by a privately-owned, publicly available asset in public space: who is responsible for maintaining the charger in a state of good repair; should the City cite the owner if a charger remains out-of-service for an unreasonable amount of time; who is responsible for the asset if the owner relocates; and, who sets and collects the parking meter and charging rate. While these questions may have conceivable answers, considering the other barriers to participation in the program, PBOT has decided that limiting the permit to the charging station vendors who are best equipped to navigate and finance this process creates a practical regulatory environment to effectively manage the program.

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.

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.

See how easy it is to charge? Now compare electric cars and find out more about range.

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.

Home Charging Advisor

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

See how easy it is to charge? Now compare electric cars and find out more about range.

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.

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.

Finding a public charger can be a real hassle, but with one of these at home, you’ll never find your car without a charge again.

By Bob Beacham | Published Apr 21, 2023 8:57 AM

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While public charging points for electric vehicles are becoming more common, a home electric vehicle (EV) charger will save a lot of hassle. Those capable of charging an EV at home have the utmost in convenience because the job can be done overnight or whenever the vehicle isn’t in use—no driving around, searching for a charging station, or waiting in long lines. What’s more, vehicle manufacturers warn that regularly using a public EV fast charger can actually shorten battery life.

There are plenty of home EV chargers on the market, but performance and features can vary considerably. So can the price. In this guide, we answer key questions and provide the information EV owners need to make a fully informed decision. We also have some excellent recommendations of what we believe to be the best home EV chargers currently available, offering solutions for every electric vehicle.

  • BEST OVERALL:ChargePoint Home Flex Electric Vehicle Charger
  • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Megear Skysword II Level 1-2 EV Charger
  • BEST Smart:JuiceBox 40 Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Station
  • BEST WEATHERPROOF:Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger
  • BEST MULTIUSE:Wallbox Pulsar Plus Level 2 EV Smart Charger
  • BEST PORTABLE:Mustart Level 2 Portable EV Charger

How We Chose the Best Home EV Chargers

How drivers rely on their electric vehicles varies considerably, from occasional users to city commuters to those who travel across the country. In making our selections, we sought to ensure solutions for all users and all situations. As a result, we have both portable models and fixed installations.

We looked at a wide range of features and how these could benefit drivers in terms of shorter charging times and management strategies that might save money. Price being a key factor, we looked for chargers to suit all budgets and also consulted independent expert sources to check long-term reliability. Finally, curating owner feedback gave us valuable real-world information.

Our Top Picks

These are the home EV chargers that made our final cut. There should be something here that will appeal to most EV owners, from those interested in the latest technological advances to folks focused on value for money.

ChargePoint Home Flex Electric Vehicle Charger

ChargePoint is one of the country’s most experienced manufacturers of electric vehicle chargers with over 100,000 public installations worldwide. The ChargePoint Home Flex Level 2 EV charger, the company’s consumer model, offers high performance and flexibility. Thanks to Wi-Fi and the included smartphone app, it can save you money by scheduling charging at off-peak times. It also provides detailed charging information and voice control via Alexa.

One key feature is flexible output, which delivers anywhere between 16 and 50 amps depending on the home supply. This gives potential for a class-leading speed of 37 miles per hour of charging. It comes fitted with a NEMA 6-50 or NEMA 14-50 plug or can be hardwired if preferred. A weatherproof NEMA case is recommended if installed outdoors, but it isn’t included. The cable length is 23 feet.

The ChargePoint Home Flex is one of the more expensive units, and many of its best features do depend on Wi-Fi. Although they have been reported, faults are rare.

Product Specs

  • Input: 240 volts via NEMA 6-50 plug, NEMA 14-50 plug, or hardwired
  • Output: 16 to 50 amps
  • Cable: 23 feet with cable management
  • Fast, flexible device rated for up to 37 miles per hour of charging
  • Smartphone app provides money-saving charging options, detailed reporting, and integration with Alexa
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed for electrical safety and Energy Star certified for efficiency

Get the ChargePoint home EV charger at Amazon, The Home Depot, or Target.

Megear Skysword II Level 1-2 EV Charger

EV owners looking for portability at a modest cost will want to check out the Megear Skysword II. It’s a Level 2 charger that weighs under 9 pounds and comes with its own carry case. While the supplied plug is a NEMA 14-50, it also comes with a 110-volt adapter so that in an emergency it can provide low-speed charging from any household socket.

As a Level 2 EV charger it delivers a fixed 16 amps, providing a charging rate of 11 to 15 miles per hour. A wide range of safety features is displayed via a straightforward LED array. The J1772 vehicle plug meets the IP65 standard for weather protection, so the unit can be used indoors or out.

The Megear Skysword II may not be the fastest charger, and there are a few concerns about long-term reliability, but the 2023 EV charger price is very competitive and represents good value for money.

Product Specs

  • Input: 240 volts via NEMA 14-50 plug or 110-volt adapter
  • Output: 16 amps
  • Cable: 25 feet
  • Budget-friendly portable EV charger works on all models, including Tesla
  • Numerous safety features as well as straightforward LED array for status and fault alerts
  • Includes an adapter for Level 1 use with standard 110-volt outlet

Get the Megear home EV charger at Amazon.

JuiceBox 40 Smart Electric Vehicle Charging Station

First and foremost, the JuiceBox 40 is a fast home EV charger capable of delivering around 30 miles of travel per hour. It can be plugged in or hardwired and has a 25 foot cable. However, the key features of this model are the Wi-Fi connectivity, JuiceNet smartphone app, and the ability to integrate with Amazon Alexa or Google Home for voice control.

Schedules can be set to allow low-cost off-peak charging. The app can deliver reminders and advise when charging is complete. Settings can be controlled remotely, and a host of data is provided, including money-saving advice. An LED array on the control box itself also provides useful information while charging.

The charger can be installed indoors or out, and a lock prevents unauthorized use. The tough polycarbonate casing is described as weatherproof and dust-tight, though it is not Ingress Protection (IP) or National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) rated. For a full discussion of IP and NEMA, please see the section on Weather Protection below. While not the most expensive model, the JuiceBox 40 does have a premium price tag. Some buyers report struggling with Wi-Fi and app setup, but it’s impossible to know whether the fault is with the device or homeowner setups.

Product Specs

  • Input: 240 volts via NEMA 14-50 plug or hardwired
  • Output: 32 or 40 amps
  • Cable: 25 feet with cable management
  • Powerful Wi-Fi-enabled charging station offers comprehensive control plus Alexa and Google Home integration
  • Locking mount provides secure installation and prevents unauthorized use if fitted outdoors
  • Has UL safety listing and complies with Energy Star certification for low power consumption

Get the JuiceBox home EV charger at Amazon or Best Buy.

Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger

The Grizzl-E is another Rapid home EV charger that can be configured for 16, 24, 32 or 40 amps, depending on the circuit breaker available. At the highest rating, it will deliver up to 30 miles of charge per hour, which is very competitive. Yet the standout feature here is the protection offered by the NEMA 4 aluminum case.

Many EV chargers claim to be for indoor or outdoor use, but none are tougher than this. It meets the IP67 standard for dust and water protection, meaning it could actually withstand full immersion. It is also fire-resistant, meets the UL standard for safety, and will operate at temperatures as low as.22 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Considering its performance, the Grizzl-E EV charger comes at a very reasonable price and is generally very reliable. However, the output of each unit is factory set; the company claims that this reduces installation costs. While that is often true, it does mean that it cannot be changed if the owner changes residence and the power supplied is different.

Product Specs

  • Input: 240 volts via NEMA 6-50 plug or NEMA 14-50 plug
  • Output: 16 to 40 amps
  • Cable: 24 feet with cable management
  • NEMA 4 aluminum casing is IP67 water-resistant; unit is also fire-resistant and UL safety listed
  • Has a Rapid charging rate of up to 30 miles per hour
  • Easy-to-fit wall mount comes with anti-theft features

Get the Grizzl-E home EV charger at Amazon.

Wallbox Pulsar Plus Level 2 EV Smart Charger

The latest generation of electric vehicles uses a 48-amp supply for potential charging rates in excess of 35 miles per hour. The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is one of the few home EV chargers capable of meeting this level. It also comes with the ability to charge two vehicles at the same time using intelligent circuits that balance power so breakers won’t trip.

There are actually two versions of the Wallbox Pulsar Plus. The slightly less powerful 16-40 amp uses a 14-50 NEMA plug; the 16-48 amp must be hardwired. Both have Wi-Fi integration and use the included smartphone app for scheduling and monitoring. They are also compatible with voice control via Alexa or Google Home. Provision of Bluetooth means most smartphone features still work even when Wi-Fi is unavailable, though distance from the device is limited to about 30 feet.

The mount for the Wallbox Pulsar Plus is easy to fit and allows the unit to be unhooked and moved. However, the need to hardwire the 48-amp version makes this impractical with that model. A NEMA 4 watertight case allows for indoor or outdoor use.

Product Specs

  • Input: 240 volts via NEMA 14-50 plug or hardwired
  • Output: 16 to 40 amps, or 16 to 48 amps
  • Cable: 25 feet with cable management
  • Rapid charging for next-generation EVs or 2 vehicles at the same time
  • Wi-Fi-enabled with smartphone app allows remote access and control via Alexa or Google Home
  • Bluetooth allows use of Smart features if Wi-Fi is not available

Get the Wallbox home EV charger at Amazon or Best Buy.

Mustart Level 2 Portable EV Charger

The Mustart home EV charger is unusual in that it provides the performance of a fixed unit in portable form. The 40-amp output can give a charging rate of up to 30 miles per hour, which is impressive for such a compact device. The price is competitive, too.

While it doesn’t have any Smart features, the built-in LED gives plenty of information about charging status, duration, and electricity consumption. The control box meets the IP65 standard, and the EV connector is IP67, so it’s safe to use outside as well as indoors.

The Mustart EV charger weighs 13 pounds and comes with a carry bag, making it easy to take from place to place. However, there is no 110-volt option, so a NEMA 14-50 plug must be available in each location. A circuit fitted with a ground-fault circuit interrupter is recommended for safety.

Product Specs

  • No other portable EV charger we found can charge vehicles faster
  • IP65 control box and IP67 EV connector make it safe for outdoor use
  • LED lights and screen give comprehensive information and status alerts

Get the Mustart home EV charger at Amazon.

What to Consider When Choosing a Home EV Charger

Every electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) comes with a Level 1 charger. These devices are safe but basic, and charging is slow. For those who want to upgrade, the following factors can be taken into account.

Input and Output Capability

The Level 1 chargers supplied with all EVs and PHEVs only require 110-volt input supply, so they can plug into any ordinary household socket. Level 2 chargers require a 240-volt supply to take advantage of the faster charging capability.

Output is usually rated in amps, though some also use kiloWatts (kW). Level 1 chargers output between 8 and 12 amps, which equates to a rate of 3 to 5 miles per hour of charging. For example, 12 hours of charging would only add 60 miles of range.

Level 2 chargers have variable output of anywhere from 16 to 50 amps depending on the breaker rating. At the upper end, that can result in a charging rate of 35 miles per hour or more. That’s seven times faster than the best from a Level 1 charger and explains why Level 2 EV chargers are now so popular.

There are a couple of points worth noting. Not all EVs can take advantage of the fastest charging rates. For example, some vehicles are restricted to 25 amps to protect the battery. It’s a figure worth checking before investing in one of the more expensive models. Also, a few Level 2 EV chargers will run off 110 volts if necessary. If a household socket is all that’s available, it will still work, but at the slower rate.

Plugs and Cable

There are usually two plugs on a home EV charger: one at the electricity supply end and one that connects to the vehicle. The exception is fixed chargers that are hardwired at the supply end.

Level 1 chargers use an ordinary 110-volt household socket, but Level 2 models use NEMA plugs. These are designed to carry higher amps and voltages, which in the case of home EV chargers, results in faster charging. A few Level 2 home EV chargers come with 110-volt adapters. This allows them to work as Level 1 chargers if no other power is available, though charge rates slow to the Level 1 equivalent.

At the other end of the cable, all American EVs use an SAE J1772 plug except Tesla. This means that anyone wanting a Tesla electric charger for home use either needs to buy Tesla’s own model (which can cost over 1,500 with installation) or use an adaptor. Tesla is aware of this, and all new models now have an adapter included. Other types of plugs are used in Europe and Asia but are not fitted to U.S. models.

Most home EV chargers have a cable length of between 20 and 25 feet. This is important because EV charging cable cannot be used with extension cords. Not only is it impractical because of the difference in plug and connector types, but it’s also unsafe because of the risk of fire. A standard 2-car garage is 20 feet deep and anywhere from 20 to 24 feet wide. Most cables will reach across that, but a few will not. A 3-car garage will take that width out to in excess of 30 feet. Clearly, the available cable length can have an impact on where buyers need the charger to be installed.

Installation

Level 1 EV chargers are usually portable because they are a basic plug-in device that can run from any household socket. Level 2 chargers can either be portable or fixed. DIY EV charger installation may be possible for those who have the necessary knowledge of household electrics, though most manufacturers recommend using a professional. In essence, a 240-volt circuit is required with a breaker of between 20 and 80 amps. The higher the amperage, the faster the charge rate available.

The cable length and any kind of cable management may impact on where a fixed charger is installed, though this aspect of the installation is relatively simple. Many can be fitted entirely outdoors, just like public EV chargers, though it’s important to check weatherproofing.

Weather Protection

Most home EV chargers claim to be weatherproof, so they are safe for outdoor use. This may be useful if it’s difficult or inconvenient to get the vehicle into the garage for charging. While buyers frequently need to rely on the word of the manufacturer, there are two independent standards that can apply.

First is Ingress Protection, usually written as IP and two numbers. The first number represents dust protection, and the second is for water. Higher numbers are better. For example, IP65 devices are completely dust-tight and can withstand low-pressure water jets from any direction.

The other standard is the NEMA rating for enclosures/cases (which should not be confused with the ratings used to describe plugs). NEMA uses different “Types,” with NEMA Type 4 providing protection against “falling dirt, rain, sleet, snow, windblown dust, splashing water, and hose-directed water.”

Smart Features

Several home EV chargers now come with integrated Wi-Fi and smartphone apps that provide a range of advanced user-friendly features. It is possible to schedule charging to times when it’s most convenient or for off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper. Alerts can be set to remind owners to plug in.

Data is also available for things like charge time remaining, miles added, and the total electric car charging price. This allows accurate monitoring of travel costs and reporting for tax purposes if necessary. It is also possible to connect some EV chargers to Smart-home systems like Alexa and Google Home, providing voice control. In a few cases, Bluetooth is also available. This allows smartphone apps to be used if Wi-Fi is unavailable for any reason, although range is only around 30 feet, so the EV charger and the phone need to be in close proximity.

The feature set of each Smart-home EV charger varies, so those who are interested in advanced control will want to spend time investigating each one in detail.

FAQs

Still have questions about which home EV charger might be right for you? Read below to check out some consumers’ most frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q. What’s the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 charging?

Level 1 is the slowest way to charge an EV using a device that plugs into a standard 110-volt household outlet. Although other EV chargers are faster, Level 1 will work with all current EVs and PHEVs, and keeping a device in your vehicle means it can be charged virtually anywhere in an emergency.

Level 2 EV chargers are now the most popular option for home installation and can charge a vehicle much faster than Level 1. The same technology is found in some public EV chargers. However, a separate 240-volt supply line is usually required for installation, often with an uprated breaker.

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Level 3 chargers, also called Fast Chargers or Superchargers, use DC current for very Rapid charging: 10 to 15 times faster than Level 2. However, they require very high voltage and so are usually only found in public electric vehicle charging stations.

Q. Should I use the charger that came with my car?

The charger that comes with your electric vehicle is a Level 1 charger. It is perfectly safe, portable, and convenient in that it can use any household socket. They are adequate for PHEVs, which have relatively small batteries. However they are slow and may not completely charge a fully electric vehicle even if left running all night. Given the affordability of many Level 2 chargers, an upgrade is often a good idea.

Q. What is the fastest Level 2 charger for home?

It’s a difficult question to answer. Several manufacturers claim that their home EV charger is fastest, and constant development means that the model that’s fastest today may not be next week. High amperage or kiloWatts are often suggested as a guide, but some EV batteries restrict charging power, so this isn’t always true.

The ChargePoint home EV charger that we chose as Best Overall is certainly one of the fastest, and the JuiceBox home EV charger is competitive. However, in order to get the best home EV charger for your needs, the other features offered should also play a part in your decision.

Q. Is it OK to charge an EV every day?

Charging an EV every day is not recommended unless the battery is sufficiently drained. It is not a good idea to “top up” overnight if the battery still has a charge level of 20 percent or more (as long as the remainder meets intended mileage). Manufacturers also recommend not charging above 80 percent in normal usage. Some Smart-home EV chargers can be set with maximums less than 100 percent, and this helps extend the life of the vehicle battery.

Q. Are all home EV chargers the same?

No, they are not. While all home EV chargers are either Level 1 or Level 2, performance varies considerably as does the variety of features offered, and of course the price. The article above discusses these differences in depth and is an essential guide to choosing the best home EV charger for your vehicle and the way you use it.

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