The owner charges the vehicle’s battery by connecting it to a power source using a charging cable that connects to the universal charging port.
Any regular grounded 110V electrical outlet can be used for overnight charging using the charge cable provided with the vehicle. This is called Level 1 charging.
Yes! Level 2 charging uses 240V current, like an electric dryer outlet. This allows a battery to be charged in as little as 3 to 5 hours.
Yes, an electrician would run wiring just as if it were a dryer outlet. Level 2 units can be plug type or hardwired into your home. Most people won't need them for a plug-in hybrid. However, a Level 2 charger is a must for people with all-electric vehicles which have larger batteries that would take longer to charge on 110V power.
A certified charging unit will not turn on power to the cable until the connector is plugged into the car. The car will then tell the unit to turn on the power. This is done to prevent electrical shock. *Damaged charging cords should be replaced for safety.
Nearly every mass produced plug-in car in the U.S. has the ability to use the J1772 charge connector for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. There are a few different connectors for Level 3 fast charging. Watch the video below for more about the basic charge plug standard.
The car will not move while it is plugged in. The vehicle locks out the drive selector when a charging cable is detected.
Yes, it is safe. The charge connection is water resistant and is fine to plug into the car when it is raining. Electricity is not running through the connector until it is connected to the vehicle.
Yes, every new plug-in vehicle is sold with at least a Level 1 charging unit that can be used with any grounded 110V outlet.