What Type of Charging Do You Need?
Charging types are referred to as "levels" and differ in the voltage and speed at which they transfer power to your electric vehicle. The level of charging that you need depends on the type of vehicle you purchase as well as the amount of miles you drive on a daily basis.
Both Level 1 and Level 2 charging use the same standard charging plug, known as J1772. Georgia Power worked with the Society of Automotive Engineers and other utilities to help develop the standard so that all vehicles can operate with all charging stations.
Level 1: Easy Charging
All of today's plug-in electric vehicles can be charged from a standard 120-volt outlet, available in every home. Level 1 charging typically doesn't require you to make changes to your electric panel or home wiring. A buyer can purchase a car, drive it home and charge it in a typical home outlet. Georgia Power recommends using a dedicated circuit to ensure that your circuit is not overloaded. See the chart of Level 1 charging times and cost per charge for examples of a PHEV, EREV and BEV.
Level 2: Faster Charging
If you want to charge your car faster than the Level 1 standard, use a 240-volt circuit similar to the one for your clothes dryer. A Level 2 charger can fully refuel or recharge most electric cars in just four to five hours. See chart of Level 2 charging times and cost per charge for examples of a PHEV, EREV and BEV.
Level 2 charging requires "Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment" (EVSE) which enhances safety. Because of the higher voltage, a permit and inspection may be required for home installation. The cost for installation depends on upgrades, line runs, and the type of equipment, or EVSE installed. Contact a qualified independent electrician for costs and permitting and inspection requirements. The electrician will let you know if you have adequate capacity in your panel and will add a new circuit if needed. The city of Atlanta's permitting process for EVSE has been streamlined to ensure easy and safe installation.
Check out these documents if you're considering a level 2 charging station:
- Single Family Residence EV Permitting Guide*
- Get Ready to Plug in: A Checklist for Single-family Homes
Charging Options for Multi-family Homes
If you live in an apartment or condo, we recommend that you begin discussions with your property management or your homeowners association.
Refer to the Multi-family Residence—EV Permitting Guide* for an overview and steps to receive a charging station permit at a multi-family residence.
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Manufacturers*
For any other services or equipment you may need to get your home equipped for an electric vehicle, use these helpful resources:
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