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EV 101

3 EV charging levels and where to find them

EV 101

3 EV charging levels and where to find them

One question that comes up more than “What can I charge my EV with?” is “Where can I charge my EV?” Here’s a quick rundown of the 3 levels of EV charging and where to find them, be it downtown, in the suburbs, or somewhere in between.

Volkswagen EV Home Outlet Charging

Level 1: Home outlet charging

Up to 5km charge an hour

It’s nice to recharge at home after a long day. Same goes for your EV. Just plug in the 120v charging cable into any home outlet and let it do its thing. 

Too slow? No problem because that takes us to…

Volkswagen EV Home Charging & Public Charging

Level 2: Home charging and public charging

Up to 50km charge an hour*

People say they need 8 hours of sleep to feel fully charged. EVs feel the same. That’s probably why so many Canadians install a Level 2 240v home charging station in their garages. With a full EV charge in about 8 hours, it’s just plug, sleep, then get up and go. A lot of condo and office buildings have Level 2 chargers, too.

Must go faster? Drum roll, please.

* Estimated charging times are provided as a reference only. Actual charging times will vary based on battery state of charge, driving behaviour, battery condition, current, resistance, and ambient temperature, available voltage and charging frequency.

Volkswagen EV Public Charging

Level 3: Public charging

100km of charge in about 10 minutes

With 350kW of power, a Level 3 charger can give your EV more range faster than it might take to run a quick errand or wait for your food to arrive. As of right now, Level 3 chargers are mostly found in public, and our EVs are compatible with all of them. 

As a Volkswagen EV Owner, you get up to 4 years of fast charging with Electrify Canada, the largest growing network of public Level 3 chargers in the country.** 

**Offer is not available for commercial use vehicles (such as ride shares) and is not transferable. Available with purchase or lease of new 2023 ID.4 vehicles. Requires Electrify Canada account, app, enrollment in ID.4 Charging Plan, and acceptance of Terms of Use. After vehicle reaches full charge, and 10-min grace period, idle fees will apply. In the event of suspected fraud or abuse or other unforeseen events, Volkswagen Canada may discontinue or modify the offer in its sole discretion.

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