Level I chargers are recommended for home charging and/or customers looking for an economical option for charging their Electric Vehicle. Depending on the size of the battery pack and charger in your car, you will be able to charge 100% of your vehicle battery in about 8 to 12 hours. Level I is also an adequate solution for employers desiring to offer an economical at work solution. Level I chargers are typically included when purchasing a new Electric Vehicle and plug into a standard 110 volt outlet, although a dedicated circuit is highly recommended.
Level II chargers are the most commonly adopted solution for public, fleet and employer EV charging. Due to a higher power than Level I charging. Level II allows a quicker charge for EV users and optimized equipment payback for charging equipment owners. Various charging configurations are available. Recommended for indoor and outdoor public charging, or semi-public parking areas like malls, restaurants, hotels, retailers, employers, etc. Many EV owners install Level II at their residence, reducing the charge time by about half of the Level I unit. Level II operates on a standard, dedicated 220 volt circuit.
DC Quick charging, sometimes called Level III, is the ultimate charging solution for your electric vehicle without worrying about charging time constraints. Resorting to DC Quick chargers allows you to charge your electric vehicle during short stops, and recharge it in less than 30 minutes (for a standard 25kW battery car). Such a solution is welcomed by fleet owners who need to make several rounds of driving in the same day (morning, afternoon shifts), with a mid-day break allowing quick charging sessions. It is also the preferred solution for easy and rapid public charging in densely populated areas and travel corridors. This is specialized equipment powered by a commercial 480 volt, 3 phase circuit not readily available, therefore installations are not expected to become widespread.
As DC quick charge station technology improves, the price continues to drop. However the average finished project for one station will still cost $50,000-$100,000. An increase in the number of quick charge stations will increase the interest in electric vehicles, but it will cost each state hundreds of millions of dollars to create a network large enough for worry-free driving of EV's. For more information on DC charging stations, checkout this article on FleetCarma.
Our various management solutions allow operation of your charging station(s) in both private and public environments, by giving you the ability to control access to your charging point(s), collect fees, manage reservations, provide real-time in-use/full charge notifications, receive remote software updates, diagnose alerts, collect data and produce numerous reports. Let us help you design a system to accomplish both your short and long-term plans.