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charging my EV

If you are considering an electric vehicle, two of the most important things you will need to think about are where will you charge your EV and which level of charging is right for your EV.

Home Charging Options

The most convenient place to charge your EV may be at home. There are two options available to customers for home charging.

Charging time: 2 – 4 hours for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and 8 - 40 hours for extended-range electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles, depending on battery size and state of charge.
  • Level 1 charging uses the same type of outlet that you would use to run your TV, computer or microwave.
  • Charging an EV at this level draws about as much electricity as a 1,500-watt window air conditioner.
  • We recommend using a dedicated circuit to charge an EV.
  • A portable 120V cordset is provided by the vehicle manufacturer and delivers AC power from the wall outlet to the vehicle's onboard charger.
Charging time: 1 - 9 hours depending on the power of the charging station, size of the vehicle's onboard charger and battery size and state of charge

  • A dedicated circuit, similar to what would be needed for an electric oven or dryer, is required.
  • Level 2 charging delivers from 7.2 to 19.2 kW of AC power to the vehicle's onboard charger.
  • On some occasions, you may need to upgrade your electric service to accommodate level 2 EV charging. Customers should obtain the specifications of their charging station and contact Con Edison to determine whether or not a service upgrade is necessary.
  • For a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the upgrade process, click here.
  • If you are a contractor and have been hired to install an EV charger, click here to e-file using our project center.

Public Charging Options

For customers who live in apartments, or who have homes that do not accommodate EV charging, public charging stations may provide an alternate solution.

Depending on the facility, public charging stations may include support for both level 1 and level 2 charging. They may also provide for high-powered fast charging.

Click here to find the nearest public charging station

Charging time: 20 minutes - 3 hours depending on the power of the EV fast charging station and battery size and state of charge

  • A fast charging station delivers from 20 kW to 120 kW power.
  • The fast charging option is only available on certain EVs.

Charging At Work

Some employers provide workplace charging allowing EV drivers to increase their all-electric range when commuting to and from work. Ask your employer if charging at work is an option.

What’s next?

One of the advantages to purchasing an electric vehicle is that EVs can reduce (or even eliminate) gasoline costs. The trade-off, of course, is that charging an EV at home will have an impact on your electric bill. Before purchasing an electric vehicle, it is important to get an idea of what that impact may be and your rate options.

Click here for our EV calculator and rates>


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