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Charge at work, at home, around town or around the state. Your typical household outlet will do the trick, and our area has an extensive charging network for when you're out and about.
Your decision about how to charge your electric vehicle will be based on several factors including:
Most owners of plug-in electric vehicles will charge their cars at home using a Level 1 or Level 2 charger, which can be installed on 120- or 240-volt circuits.
Level 1 - Uses a standard, three-prong 120-volt outlet that typically won't require modifications to your electrical panel or home wiring. A dedicated circuit is recommended. Based on the battery type, Level 1 charging can take 8 to 20 hours for a full charge.
Level 2 - Uses a 240-volt rated charging unit and will likely require changes to your electrical panel and adding a new circuit, if one is not available. Based on the battery type and circuit capacity, Level 2 charging can take 3 to 8 hours to reach a full charge.
DC fast charging - Some vehicles will be able to fully charge in less than 30 minutes, depending on the battery type. Many DC fast charging stations are now available along the West Coast Electric Highway, an extensive tri-state network of EV DC fast charging stations along Interstate 5.
Public Charging - Both private corporations and public agencies have been installing public charging stations around the state, and throughout the country. Check out a map that shows options for public charging around the U.S.
The Pacific Northwest has a vast network of charging stations. The "West Coast Electric Highway" is a network of DC fast charging stations located every 25 to 50 miles along Interstate 5, Hwy 99, and other major roadways in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California. Here at home, Oregon's Electric Byways will get you from the coast to the mountains, from Portland to Ashland, and everywhere in between.
Your smart phone makes it easy to find a charging station when you're traveling. Most have trip planning features so you plan ahead for long-distance trips. PlugShare, ChargePoint and ChargeHub are just a few examples of smart phone Apps that can help you find charging stations near you.
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.
Replacing your fossil fuel-burning car with an all electric model is a great way to lower your personal carbon footprint. But to achieve the greatest environmental benefit, you need to charge your EV at the right time.
Charging your EV right after work, when power consumption is highest, would increase use of fossil fuel-burning generators, and lead to higher power prices and infrastructure costs.
For the cleanest power, charge your car between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Charging during off-peak times, such as late evening, helps avoid or delay costly infrastructure investments and reduce market purchases at peak energy use times. Off-peak hours also coincide with the time when some renewable power sources are at their strongest—at night when the wind blows hardest and during the day when the sun shines brightest.
Set it and forget it!
Most electric cars and Level 2 home chargers allow you to program your charge time, making it super easy to ensure you fuel up with the cleanest possible power. Simply set your car to charge between 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.