Electric Vehicle Charging on the Road

It's easier than ever to charge.

With more electric vehicle (EV) chargers available across the U.S., drivers have more options and can travel farther than ever. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the charging vendors, their rates and what chargers they offer. You can also download any apps you may need before you charge in public. 

There are three types of electric vehicle chargers on the market. Depending on your car model, you'll need to decide which charger works for your car and your lifestyle.

Types of Chargers

Three Basic Charger Types Range Charged Per Hour Ideal Use Connectors
Level 1: Standard 120-volt wall outlet Up to 6 miles of range per hour Overnight charging for average daily driving. A good option for plug-in hybrids because of their smaller batteries      

Keep one in your car for unexpected charging needs
J1772: Compatible with all cars (Tesla® provides an adapter). Charging cable and connector usually included with the EV
Level 2: 240-volt outlet similar to a clothes dryer outlet Usually around 25 miles of range per hour but can go as high as 60 miles of range per hour depending on the car and equipment Quick charging at home or at work. Can be used for overnight charging J1772: Compatible with all cars (Tesla provides an adapter). Charging cable and connector sometimes included with the EV
Level 3: DC fast charging Currently up to 250 miles of range per hour with 50-125 miles of range chargeable in 15 minutes depending on the car and equipment Great option for road trips
Fastest charging available
CHAdeMo: Compatible with Nissan®,
Mitsubishi®, and Kia® SAE CCS Combo: Compatible with all other brands besides Tesla 

Tesla: Compatible with Tesla and has an adapter that works with CHAdeMO

Most publicly available fast chargers have a SAE Combo (CCS) and CHAdeMO connector or a Tesla connector
Greenlots® helps you search and find EV charging locations across multiple networks. You can also check your vehicle’s real-time charging status, easily make payments and view your charging history all through their smartphone app. For more information, visit their website https://greenlots.com/.
EVgo® offers DC fast charging on the road. Their large network has more than 1,050 fast chargers in 66 metropolitan areas. The DC fast charger can charge an EV in 30 to 60 minutes depending on the car model and charge needed. For more information visit their website https://www.evgo.com/
Electrify America® offers DC fast charging, Level 1 and Level 2 public EV charging. Pricing information is displayed on the charging stations themselves. An EV charging session will include: $1.00 session fee + per minute charging cost + idle fee of $0.40/minute (if applicable). Introductory charging costs are also possible. For more information visit their website https://www.electrifyamerica.com/.
They have a large market of 55,900 EV chargers across the country. Drivers can find open EV charging locations in real time through the free ChargePoint® mobile app. The app also allows drivers to begin a charge, pay charging fees and compare home and public charging data. For more information visit their website https://www.chargepoint.com/.

Find a Charging Station

Plugshare® helps you locate EV charging stations in your area. Duke Energy does not endorse Plugshare. 

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

  • Choose a CHAdeMO DC fast charger or another fast charger

  • 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 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Most EVs can charge on a standard 120-volt outlet, so you may be able to use an existing outlet. The charge from this outlet is relatively slow, up to 5 miles per hour, so you may consider installing a 240-volt Level 2 charging station, which can charge your vehicle up to six times faster. Read more about the steps for installing an EV charger
  • It all depends on the type of vehicle you own, your driving habits, how much energy is stored in the battery and what type of charging system you are using. Use our chart to see how long each charger takes.
  • Very likely, yes. There are more than 8,000 public charging stations across the country and that number is growing. Visit the Plugshare map on this webpage to find a station.
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