How to Charge an Electric Vehicle


As the popularity in electric vehicles (EVs) continues to rise, one question we often get asked is how to charge an electric vehicle. The team at LaFontaine Kia is here to tell you how easy charging an EV is, and how you’ll be back to cruising Ann Arbor, Belleville, and Canton, MI, in no time.

Let’s get started!



Kia Niro EV 3

What Is an Electric Vehicle?

Before we can talk about how to charge an electric vehicle, we must first talk about what classifies as an electric vehicle. For a vehicle to be categorized as an EV, it must run on one or more electric motors instead of gasoline.

When people think of EV, there are three types of cars that commonly come to their mind: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles. Though, following the definition of an electric vehicle, only some of these types are truly EVs.

Is It an Electric Vehicle?
Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid

All-Electric Vehicle

 

Now that you know more about what classifies as an electric vehicle, let’s talk about how to charge an EV!


How to Charge an Electric Vehicle

How to Charge an Electric Vehicle

Charging an electric vehicle is as simple as plug and play. All you need to get started is a 120V outlet and the charging cable that comes standard with most Kia electric vehicles. From there, sit back and relax while your EV charges.

To make charging your EV as easy as possible, there are three different ways to charge your Electric Vehicle:

  • Level 1 Charger
  • Level 2 Charger
  • DC Fast Charger

Let’s take a closer look at each of the options you have when you drive a Kia electric vehicle.


Charge at Home With a Level 1 Charger

As mentioned, many Kia electric vehicles come standard with a 120V-charging cable. This charger can get plugged into any standard outlet, making it easy and convenient to charge your vehicle while you’re at home or when visiting your parents for the weekend.

Check out some of these Level 1 Charger quick facts:

  • Generates about 5 to 6 miles per charging hour
  • No electrician needed to install
  • Mobile charging system

The Level 1 Charger is recommended for those who prefer to charge their vehicle overnight.

Charge Faster at Home With a Level 2 Charger

The Level 2 Charger can charge your electric vehicle in less time than imagined. This charger gets plugged into a 240V outlet, which you likely already have for major appliances. Since it’s plugged into a more powerful outlet, it can charge more miles in less time compared to the Level 1 Charger.

Check out some of these Level 2 Charger quick facts:

  • Generates about 25 to 60 miles per charging hour
  • Can be purchased at a Kia dealership
  • Requires electrician installation

The Level 2 Charger is recommended for those who tend to do a lot of traveling.


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Charge on the Go With DC Fast Charger

When you’re on the road for an extended period, you need to charge your Kia electric vehicle to ensure you get from Point A to Point B. For that, you need the 480V DC Fast Charger. These chargers are found along highways and densely populated areas. While on the go, simply use the Kia Access app to search nearby charging stations.

Check out some of these DC Fast Charger quick facts:

  • Generates about 100 to 200 miles per charging half hour
  • Safe to keep your vehicle plugged in while you run errands as it charges
  • Some stations are free to use while others typically charge kilowatts per hour

The DC Fast Charger is recommended for those who need fast charging on the go.
 
 


Which Electric Kia Car Will You Drive?

Now that you know more about EVs and how easy they are to charge, we’re sure you can’t wait to take the wheel. Luckily, Kia offers an extensive lineup of electric vehicles, all of which you can find when visiting us at LaFontaine Kia.

Visit our dealership to get an up-close look at popular EVs, such as the Kia Niro plug-in hybrid or Kia EV6. Then, you’ll have the chance to take your favorite models for a spin around Ann Arbor, Belleville, and Canton, Michigan.

Contact us to schedule a test drive today!


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