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EV Public Charging Stations

Written by Faith Foushee

Edited by Hannah Hillson

Last updated 11/18/2022

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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 4 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 United States. 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 United States 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. Currently, Tesla is piloting a program to allow non-Teslas to use Tesla Superchargers. Check what you will need for charging stations before taking a drive. 

  • On average, EVs can travel about 250-350 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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