Where can electric vehicles be charged?
All PEV's and Level 1 and 2 charging stations come with a standard adaptor for charging. SAE J1772 is the North American standard for electrical connectors. It includes several levels of shock protection. This ensures safe charging even in wet conditions.
- Charging stations
- Public charging stations generally offer Level 2 (240 volt) charging. The Department of Energy maintains a list of public electric fueling stations. ChargePoint also provides a detailed map of their network stations available around the United States.
- At home
- To fuel your PEV at home, you will need access to a 15-Amp 120V grounded receptacle in a location convenient for charging.
- If you're considering installation of a Level 2 charging station, the following steps will guide you through a typical installation process:
- Step 1: Assessment
- Contact a qualified, independent electrician or trained EVSE installer. Ask for cost estimates, permitting and inspection requirements. If you purchased your vehicle through a dealership, you may want to work through the dealership.
- Step 2: Permitting and upgrades
- The electrician will evaluate your home’s electric panel for capacity. If needed, the electrician will likely recommend a new dedicated circuit. If the service is undersized you or your electrician may have to contact us to request a service upgrade.
- Step 3: Installation and inspection
- Once the EVSE equipment is installed it will need to be inspected. Inspections are very important and are required in most municipalities. You or your electrician should contact the appropriate local agency to assure permitting and electric code compliance. If needed, upgrades to your electrical wiring will be made. If you're charging at 120V, an electric vehicle may overload an existing household circuit if it's shared with other electrical devices such as lights and appliances. Overall installation costs will vary.
- Step 4: Charge and go!
- WPS does not have to approve your home charging station. However, we are interested in knowing the number of charging stations installed within our service area. We use that information to gauge the impact PEVs have on our system. Contact us if you are thinking about installing a charging station. We can explain rate options that may reduce your charging costs.
WPS is providing information only and does not endorse or recommend any specific manufacturer or distributor.