EV Charging Options

Your decision about how to charge your new electric vehicle will be based on several factors including:

  • Type of electric vehicle
  • Distance you travel
  • Physical parameters at your residence (electrical panel capacity, parking arrangements, etc.)
  • Convenience 

It is important to note that charging time not only depends on the level of the charging system, but also on the size of the battery and your driving behavior. While Level 2 is faster, you may determine that Level 1 is sufficient for your home charging needs. 

Hand plugging in electric vehicle
Home charging station equipment and installation

Home charging equipment may be available as part of the electric vehicle purchase, or you may choose to buy what you need separately from a charging equipment manufacturer.

A licensed and bonded electrician can help you determine if your home is EV-ready. For safety and statutory reasons, we recommend that you always use a licensed and bonded electrician to make any necessary upgrades to your electrical system or to install a Level 2 car-charging station.

Installation costs

Plug-in vehicle charging equipment installation costs can vary greatly depending on the configuration of the home and electrical circuitry, local code requirements and the type of equipment installed. A licensed electrical contractor can provide a cost estimate.

Permits and inspections for electrical work

An electrical permit is required for the installation of a Level 2 home charging station. Eugene residents should contact the City of Eugene permit office for specific requirements regarding permitting and inspections before installation. If you choose to install the charging system on your own, it is still your responsibility as the homeowner to ensure that the appropriate permits have been obtained.