Charging an electric car is a simple process: you simply plug in your car into a charger that is connected to the electric grid. Think of it like charging a cell phone. Some phones have different operating systems (think Android and iOS), different shaped charging ports, and there are different types of chargers to refuel your battery; same goes for EV charging stations, also known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE).
Types of EV Charging Stations
AC Charging Stations (Level 2 charging station) AC charging stations are what we think of when we imagine an EV charger. You've likely seen these at multifamily residences, corporate offices, and sports arenas. AC charging stations offer reliable, all-purpose charging for longer charging sessions.
DC fast charging stations(Level 3 charging station) DC charging stations provide high-power charging for shorter charging sessions making them ideal for commercial and industrial settings such as rest stops or retail businesses. The quick turnaround enables drivers to recharge during a short break as opposed to being plugged in all day for a full charge.