Definition: Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging Station
A device or station that provides power to charge the batteries of an electric vehicle. These chargers are classified according to output voltage and the rate at which they can charge a battery. Level 1 charging is the slowest, and can be done through most wall outlets at 120 volts and 15 amps AC. Level 2 charging is faster, and is done at less than or equal to 240 volts and 60 amps AC, with a power output of less than or equal to 14.4 kW. Level 3 charging is fastest, and can be done with power output of greater than 14.4 kW. Level 1 and 2 charging can be done at home with the proper equipment, and Level 2 and 3 charging can be done at fixed public charging stations. Public stations can supply charging for a fee.
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