Charging Your EV

Charging your EV at Home

The level of charging you need depends on the type of vehicle you purchase and number of miles you drive on a daily basis. Both Level 1 and Level 2 charging use the same standard charging plug, known as J1772. Georgia Power worked with the Society of Automotive Engineers and other utilities to help develop the standard so that all vehicles can operate with all charging stations.

Level 1: Easy Charging

All of today's plug-in electric vehicles can be charged from a standard 120-volt outlet, available in every home. Level 1 charging typically doesn't require you to make changes to your electric panel or home wiring. A buyer can purchase a car, drive it home and charge it in a typical home outlet. Georgia Power recommends using a dedicated circuit to ensure that your circuit is not overloaded. See the chart of Level 1 charging times and cost per charge for examples of a PHEV*, EREV* and BEV.

*PHEVs and EREVs reach battery capacity

Level 2: Faster Charging

If you want to charge your car faster than the Level 1 standard, use a 240-volt circuit similar to the one for your clothes dryer. A Level 2 charger can fully refuel or recharge most electric cars in just four to five hours. See chart of Level 2 charging times and cost per charge for examples of a PHEV*, EREV* and BEV.

*PHEVs and EREVs reach battery capacity

Level 2 charging requires Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) which enhances safety. Because of the higher voltage, a permit and inspection may be required for home installation. The cost for installation depends on upgrades, line runs, and the type of equipment, or EVSE installed. Contact a qualified independent electrician for costs and permitting and inspection requirements. The electrician will let you know if you have adequate capacity in your panel and will add a new circuit if needed. The city of Atlanta's permitting process for EVSE has been streamlined to ensure easy and safe installation.

 

Considering a level 2 charging station? View these documents:

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Manufacturers

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Manufacturers*

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Charging Options for Multi-Family Homes

If you live in an apartment or condo, we recommend that you begin discussions with your property management or your homeowners’ association. 

Refer to the Multi-family Residence—EV Permitting Guide* for an overview and steps to receive a charging station permit at a multi-family residence.

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