How It Works

Illustration of a person standing next to an electric vehicle charging at a station.

Electric vehicles are the wave of the future. When you drive an EV, you’ll want the convenience and cost savings of charging at home. While public charges (Level 3) are faster than typical home chargers, finding one, planning the timing, and waiting while your car charges is not the ideal scenario. Sea Bright Solar can install a Level 2 charger quickly, giving you the ultimate convenience of charging on your schedule.

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Understanding Charging

Level 1 (trickle) charging typically takes 15 hours to fully charge an EV. That means that owners may need to charge during peak usage times or feel compelled to ‘top off’ using public charging stations to avoid range anxiety — expensive alternatives! But what if you could get a Level 2 charger installed at no charge when we install solar for your home?

Level 1 Chargers

Infographic indicating a Level 1 EV charger with a 15-hour recharge time.These typically come with your car and are able to be used with your home electric outlets.

Pros

  • Easily adaptable, use with a standard 110 outlet
  • Easy to transport to allow remote charging

Cons

  • Typical charging time for full charge is 15 hours
  • Most basic charging system with no interface
  • No ability to select charge cycle to avoid top peak usage

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Level 2 Chargers

Infographic indicating a Level 2 EV charger with a 3-4 hour recharge time.Owners can conveniently charge at the speed of a public charger at their own homes thanks to a more than 60% reduction in charging time.

Pros

  • Quality chargers will fully charge an EV in 3 – 4 hours.
  • Plug-in models can share an outlet with a range or dryer.
  • Most have mobile apps to monitor and configure charging.
  • Ownership yields lower cost of charging versus public charging station.
  • Peace of mind allowing EV owners to maintain full capacity for the most range.

 Cons 

  • Increased energy demand on your home.
  • Require a 240-volt electrical outlet or hardwired, plus a dedicated. dual-pole breaker.
  • Expense for installation: A Licensed electrician needed to install new outlet or hardwiring.
  • If demand charges are in place, the higher current draw may increase energy costs.

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Level 3 Chargers

Infographic indicating a Level 3 EV charger with a 40-minute recharge time.The cream of the crop! These are the leading edge of the charging technology.

Pros

  • The fastest charge times available. Approximately 80% of range achieved in 40 minutes.
  • In the future: Bi-directional energy flow – allows direct DC connection between EV battery and the home in case of power outage. Your EV helps keeps your home powered!
  • Plug in models can share an outlet with a range or dryer.

 Cons 

  • Typically only available commercially.
  • Extremely expensive.
  • Very new technology — early adopter status for buyers.
  • Currently AJH (City regulation) is unfamiliar – delays installers plan approvals. (This will improve as technology matures.)