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EV Charging on the Road

Charging on the road.

EV charging is easier than ever

If you’re on a road trip in an electric car, you’ll need to plug in. Be sure to familiarize yourself with electric car charging vendors, their rates and what chargers they offer. You can also download any apps you may need before you charge in public.
graphic of ev plugged into level 2 charger

Level 2 Public EV Charging

  • Typically around 25 miles of range per hour
  • Located at retail establishments, workplaces, restaurants, grocery stores and in towns and cities everywhere
  • Best for “topping off” or getting a few extra miles of range while you’re shopping, eating, or working
  • Uses a J1772 connector that is compatible with all cars (Tesla provides an adapter)
graphic of ev plugged in DC fast charger

DC Fast Charging

  • Fastest electric car charging option – provides up to 250 miles of range per hour, depending on the car and charging equipment
  • Can charge up to 80% typically in about 20 to 30 minutes
  • Used to facilitate longer distance driving or road trips or for a quick recharge
  • Most non-Tesla chargers have a CCS/SAE Combo connector
  • Tesla DC fast chargers will only work with Tesla vehicles

Fast Charger Connectors

Fast charging uses three different types of connectors – CCS/SAE Combo, CHAdeMO, and Tesla Supercharger. Tesla has CHAdeMO connectors available for purchase, but only Tesla vehicles can charge at their Superchargers. All other brands are equipped with either CCS/SAE Combo or CHAdeMO connectors.
  • CCS (SAE Combo)

    compatible with most non-Tesla EVs.

  • CHAdeMO

    is compatible with Nissan, Mitsubishi and some Kia®, EVs. Compatible with Tesla EVs if you have a Tesla CHAdeMO adapter.

  • Tesla Supercharger

    is compatible with Tesla only. 

Find a Public Charging Station

The U.S. Department of Energy has an EV Charging Station map to help you find public charging stations along your travel routes. You can also search “EV” in the app store on your smartphone.

Tips for Charging on the Road

When planning a road trip or charging around town, be sure to follow these tips to maximize your vehicle’s charge and increase the life span of your vehicle’s battery.
  • Always carry a backup standard Level 1 charger

  • If your battery gets low, slow down. Faster speeds use more battery

  • Plan your route and plot places to charge before your trip

  • Ensure your apps are downloaded and working

  • Find several charging options around your charging location

  • Don’t let your range go below 15 miles (approximately)

  • Take advantage of HOV lanes that allow EVs 

  • Charging at Home

    Consider installing a Level 1 or Level 2 charger at your home.

  • Choosing an EV

    Check out our EV selector tool and see which model works best for your lifestyle.

  • EV Initiatives

    We’re helping promote electric vehicles (EVs) and expand charging infrastructure.

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