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What is level 2 EV charging?

Level 2 EV charging is the most popular of residential EV charging.  Level 2 EV charging includes anything generally from 20 amps to 48 amps and at a nominal 240 volts.  Level 2 EV charging generally means it is a lot quicker than level 1 EV charging.

Level 2 EV charging grew in popularity following the launch of the Tesla residential EV charger range. The most popular plug-in level 2 EV charger is the NEMA 14-50 type (NEMA 14-50 refers to the name of the receptacle).

It increased in popularity due to Tesla launching level 2 EV chargers, the increase in electric only EVs (bigger batteries) and the recognition of level 2 plug receptacles being already available in some homes.

It normally operates between 208 and 240 volts depending on local supply.  AEFA EV chargers will work at all voltage levels within this range.

Level 2 charging simply is the fastest available charging you can find at home.  A level 2 EV Charger will provide typical charge times of 6-8 hours for electric vehicles.  It also avoids the lines at commercial charging stations and with full overnight charges, reduces range anxiety.,  Typically, your electric vehicle will come with a level 1 charger, taking much longer to charge than a level 2 charger.

The following U.S. National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) plug types can provide the voltage and current capacity for level 2 electric vehicle charging – NEMA 6-20, NEMA 6-30, NEMA 14-30, NEMA L14-30, NEMA 6-50 and NEMA 14-50.  NEMA 10-50 and NEMA 10-30 J1722 EV chargers are capable of level 2 charging but neither plug has a grounding wire and often a neutral wire is used instead, which creates an electrical safety hazard during or after charging.

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