Charging your electric vehicle is the equivalent of filling up a conventional vehicle with gas. However, typically the fill station is your house. When beginners look at switching to an EV, they may be put off by the small changes in their driving behavior and habits, but the consensus among early adopters is that’s it’s much easier.

It couldn’t be simpler to charge your EV, we’ll help you break it down.

Utility Information:

A time-of-use rate is a rate offered by utilities to incentivize consumers to use electricity during specific times, generally overnight or low demand times (i.e. off-peak). Typically, this means that when there is higher electricity demand, the rate is higher, so when you use electricity becomes just as important as how much you use. This offers significant benefit to EV drivers as most EV charging is done overnight during the low-demand rate times.

The Minnesota Department of Commerce compiled a list of time-of-use rates that Minnesota utilities offer to customers that own an EV. It indicates what subscribers pay during off-peak and on-peak times of the day as well as contains information about available rebates and renewable energy programs.

Local Utility Resources:

Charging Terminology

Charging a vehicle at “Level 1” means plugging in to a standard 120 volt outlet. All drivers can charge their EV at Level 1 and this requires no extra equipment or installation. On average, a full charging time is about 8 hours – but vary by model.

Charging a vehicle at “Level 2” means plugging into a 240 volt outlet. Home owners may decide to install a charging station – also known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) – in their home. This requires professional installation and an outlet type commonly utilized by home appliances like refrigerators and dryers. There are also many Level 2 chargers across the United States in public areas. On average, full charging time varies from 2 to 6 hours, but times vary by model.

Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging
Is only really available as an option for public charging, and are often installed along transportation corridors. This is a similar technology as a Tesla supercharger. A fast charger can charge an EV about 50% in 20 minutes.”

For more technical information about charging technology click here.