A Comprehensive Guide for EV Charging

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As the automobile industry offers more environmentally friendly electric vehicles, their craze among drivers is on a spike. Drivers are empowering them with all they can learn about these future-forward electric vehicles, ensuring they are well-prepared when they decide to purchase. One of the many questions new electric car buyers have is about the different charging levels. They often seek a comprehensive guide to walk them through everything they need to know about charging their EV. Follow along as the automobile professionals at Budds’ Chev offer you this EV charging guide, which will help you understand the different charging levels and other EV charging-related facts. Take a look! 

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What are the Types of EV Charging?

Using different charging levels, you can charge your EV at home, in certain public places, or at any charging station. These charging levels are part of two types of EV charging, which are:

Alternating Current (AC) Charging

  • Level 1: This incredibly convenient option allows you to charge your EV using any 120-V, 3-prong wall outlet in the comfort of your home. While it may take the most time to charge your electric vehicle’s battery fully, it’s a hassle-free way to ensure your vehicle is always ready for your next adventure, giving you peace of mind. 
  • Level 2: This exciting option is noticeably faster than Level 1, offering a quicker way to power up your EV. It typically requires a high-power 240-V, four-prong wall or appliance outlet. With almost all public charging stations offering this setup and the option to install it at your home or any preferred location, you can enjoy the efficiency of Level 2 charging wherever you go. 

Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging  

DC is the fastest charging option, instantly powering your EV to cover a certain distance. While you can only use DC fast charging at a public charging station, the increasing number of these stations ensures that you’ll always have a reliable and accessible charging option when needed. 

How You Can Find Nearby Public Charging Stations

The easiest way to find a charging station near you is to download a mobile application for your EV. For example, if you’re buying a Chevrolet Blazer EV, you can download the myChevrolet mobile app. Similarly, if you get the GMC Hummer EV SUV, you can easily download the myGMC app on your compatible mobiles. These apps will help you locate your nearby public charging stations, which allows you to plan your route accordingly. Besides informing you about the charging stations, these apps also provide charge limits, charging status, plug-in reminders, etc. 

How to Plug In Your Electric Vehicle for Charging 

  • Park your car near the charging station/outlet to start charging
  • Underneath your vehicle, you will find one or two connection points, called inlets, where you plug in the charging cord and use the other side to plug into the outlet. 
  • If your car has a DC Fast charging capacity, remove the dust cover from the bottom inlet and flip it down to plug in the charger. 
  • Once you complete the above steps, your EV’s charging status indicator will light up, and charging will begin.
  • Please refer to the owner’s manual to know what all light colours and patterns mean that will appear as your EV gets charged. 

Available Electric Vehicles from GM 

For more information on EV charging or to explore the latest electric vehicle inventory, please visit Budds’ Chevrolet Buick GMC in Oakville, ON.