Ford EV Charging Options in Ohio
If you’re considering making the switch to an all-electric vehicle, it’s only natural that a Ford EV has caught your eye. As you narrow down your choices, one of the most common concerns surrounding EV ownership relates to how you intend to charge your vehicle. Thanks to groundbreaking technology and an expanding network of charging stations coast-to-coast, there’s never been a better time to make the switch to an all-electric Ford vehicle. Our team at Germain Ford of Sidney has created this helpful Ford EV charging guide that covers frequently asked questions including where to charge your vehicle, the various types of charging stations, and the benefits that come from an all-electric driving experience. Let’s begin!
Types of Charging Levels Explained
Finding the right type of charging station ranks high among concerns for potential EV drivers. Since there are a variety of different types of charging stations, it’s never been easier to find one that’s right for your needs. From a cross-country road trip to a short drive across town – the expanding nationwide EV charging network provides limitless possibilities. Listed below is a breakdown of Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 charging stations so you can better understand the primary uses and advantages of each type.
Level 1 Charging
Nearly every electric vehicle currently available on the market comes standard with a Level 1 EVSE charging cable. The main benefit of Level 1 charging is that you’re able to charge using a standard 120-volt outlet found in most households. While you can’t beat the convenience, the largest downside to Level 1 charging is the slow charge time. Normally, you can expect anywhere from 2 to 5 miles of driving range to be added to your vehicle per hour of charge time. We recommend thinking of Level 1 charging as nothing more than a way to “top-off” your battery while parked overnight or for use in emergency/last resort situations.
Level 2 Charging
Arguably the most versatile EV charging solution, Level 2 is perfect for EV owners to hit the road in the morning with a fully charged vehicle. Great for households, a standalone Level 2 charging station can be installed in your driveway or garage. You’ll enjoy significantly faster charging rates compared to Level 1, adding between 10 and 60 miles of EV driving range per hour. It’s important to remember that Level 2 stations require 240-volt electrical service when installed. Ford has a list of recommended professionals to install your Level 2 charging station to ensure that it complies with local, state, and national regulations.
Level 3 Charging
Also known as DC Fast Charging, Level 3 charging gives you the ability to access 480 volts of high-powered electricity to recharge your battery faster than any other method. Common places to find Level 3 charging stations include high-traffic areas like apartment complexes, office buildings, shopping centers, and rest stops. The expanding Blue Oval™ Charge Network and ChargePoint network are two great ways to locate a DC Fast Charging station. More details on these two networks are provided below.