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EV Public Charging Stations

Written by Faith Foushee

Edited by Hannah Hillson

Last updated 05/24/2023

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Key Points

  • Public charging stations are found along major highways and in the parking lots of offices, libraries, and shopping centers.
  • Several charging networks are available; most have a compatible mobile app.
  • Federal funding will increase the availability of public charging stations in rural areas.
  • Tesla Superchargers will be available for all EVs in 7,500 locations by the end of 2024.

Frequently asked questions

  • The amount of time it takes to charge an EV from empty depends on the type of charger. Level 2 chargers take about four to 10 hours to fully charge a BEV. Level 3 chargers, like the Tesla Supercharger, can charge an EV in less than an hour. 

  • Public charging stations are located throughout the U.S. The U.S. Department of Energy, charge networks, and GPS apps offer helpful maps to locate charging stations near you.

  • Yes. The cost of using a public charging station varies by location and network. Some networks have subscription programs with monthly fees, and others charge per use. Check the stations in your area for local prices. 

  • All EVs in the U.S. can use Level 1 and 2 chargers. Only certain EVs, like Teslas, can use Level 3 chargers. If you are a Tesla driver but want to use a non-Tesla charging station, you may need to use the J1772 adapter included with your Tesla. If you are a non-Tesla driver looking to use a Tesla Destination charger, you may need a Tesla to J1772 adapter until the Magic Dock is available. Some Tesla Superchargers are available for use without an adapter for non-Teslas. Check what you will need for each charging station before taking a drive.

  • On average, EVs can travel about 250350 miles on a full charge. The size of the car’s battery, driving behavior, and other factors impact the vehicle’s mileage range. For example, the 2022 Tesla Model S can travel a long range of 405 miles, while the 2022 Mazda MX-30 can travel a range of 100 miles.

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