What’s the difference between Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 (DCFC) EV charging?

Level 1 Level 1 is charging at home with a 120-volt circuit (i.e., using a standard electrical outlet). Level 1 chargers are the slowest, with an output of 120 volts and 3 to 5 miles per hour of charging time.

Level 2 is charging with a 240-volt circuit in the home or workplace. This provides higher charging speeds—from 15 to 60 miles per hour depending on the charging station you select.
This requires professional installation of either a NEMA 14-50 outlet or a hardwired charging station, but Qmerit and our certified installers make it easy. Nobody is more experienced than Qmerit, and our safe, hassle-free installation services are recommended by top automakers and charger brands.

Level 3 or Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) uses a 480-volt DC circuit, and typically provides about an 80% charge in just 30 minutes. These charging stations are generally found at commercial sites such as shopping centers or highway rest areas.

There is a more detailed description of the differences between the charger types in this article.

Still not sure what you need? Watch our quick 1-minute video on Level 1 and Level 2 chargers.