It may surprise you to learn that an electric car’s charger is found on board the vehicle. It’s the equipment built into the car that takes AC from your house’s source and converts it into DC so your car’s battery pack can be charged. This fact doesn’t stop nearly everyone from calling the wall mounted box that supplies 240 volts of electricity a “charger”. The technical name of the box and the cord with the nozzle is called, Electric Vehicle Service Equipment or EVSE.

One nozzle fits all electric vehicles except Tesla. Its technical name is J1772. Tesla’s nozzle is different, but all Teslas come with a J1772 adapter.

The more amps you run to the car, the faster it charges. But note that all on-board chargers in each vehicle have a limit as to how much power they can take. An example would be a 2018 Chevy Bolt on-board charger accepts 7.7kw. So installing 50 amps that delivers 9.6kw would work but would be a waste of your money. The better match would be installing 40 amps that delivers 7.7kw. You can run even less power but your charge time will be longer. If the owner were to use the level 1 charger (120 volt 20 amps) on the Bolt it would take 43 hours to fully charge the car. If they install a level 2 charger with 40 amps, 240 volt, it would fully charge the Bolt in 8 1/2 hours.

I hope this helps you understand more about your electric car. Our company will always come out and ensure you get the best value from your EVSE.

The top 5 selling electric cars in the US in 2021

#1 Tesla Model Y

#2 Tesla Model 3

#3 Chevrolet Bolt

#4 Ford Mustang Mach E

#5 Volkswagon ID 4