Fast facts: Electric vehicle charging

Fast facts: Electric vehicle charging


In a new series of explainers, we provide a quick-fire briefing for city officials including highlighting which cities to look to for guidance and inspiration.

Types of charging

Those new to this concept can find that information on how charging works and what’s available is often as clear as mud. Differing charge speeds, voltages, prices, plugs, sockets and battery types as well as a range of private operators vying for their slice of the burgeoning electric vehicle (EV) market, have led many city authorities to shy away from addressing what should be simple questions with simple solutions.

Cities across the globe are now facing these questions head-on as the shift towards zero emissions has firmly entered the public policy debate.

Level I, commonly known as ‘slow charging’ constitutes the majority of home charging and can take anything from 6-12 hours for a full charge (2-4 hours for a hybrid), at a power of three kilowatts (kW). The make/model of the car and location (US/Europe have different voltages) can also impact charging speeds.

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