EV Charging Connectors Guide

Date: Jan 29, 2024


Luxury automakers like INFINITI continue to lead the way with EV production. As more and more electric vehicles come out, the technology will continue to improve. Before investing in an EV or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) for your Philadelphia, PA home, you’ll need to know about various types of EV charging connectors. Each type of connector delivers varying levels of electricity to your EV battery pack. They also look a little different from each other. 

Keep reading our EV charging connector guide to find out more details so you can make an informed decision about purchasing an electric vehicle.

Three Types of EV Charging Available for Your Journeys

Our EV charging connector guide looks over three charging levels available to everyone in North America. You’ll see a different kind of EV charging connector for plugging your EV in as you recharge it every day.

  1. Level 1 Domestic Outlet Home Charging (Regular Outlet): This charging connector is a standard, grounded (three-prong) 110V/120V charging outlet commonly found in your home and garage. However, it’s the slowest type of charging method. You could charge an EV in 24 to 48 hours with this method.
  2. Level 2 Brand-Approved Domestic Charging: Level 2 Charging needs a professionally installed charging device in your garage or carport in Cherry Hill. You’ll charge your EV in 8 to 12 hours, depending on the vehicle you choose. You must hire a licensed electrician for a home charger, but it’s still more cost-effective than filling up a tank with gasoline. You’ll recoup your investment quickly when installing a home charger.
  3. Level 3 Public Charging: Also known as DC Fast Charging, these charging stations deliver 80% of a full charge in around 30 minutes. But some brands have their own charging stations.

Home EV Charging Connector

We highly recommend installing a specialized EV charging connector by hiring a professional electrician. This type of EV charging connector has five pins (instead of three prongs) to let higher amounts of electricity flow into your EV’s battery pack. These EV connectors are completely safe and effective, and give you the most efficient charging experience for your EV.

Combined Charging System (CCS) EV Charging Connector

DC Fast Public Charging stations have CCS electrical connectors. These types of EV charging connectors work for many EVs. You can find public CCS locations using your vehicle’s GPS or apps on your smartphone. These connectors have seven pins total instead of five to manage the higher amounts of electricity flowing into your EV or plug-in hybrid (PHEV). 

Choosing the Right Types of EV Charging Connectors for You

Every automaker determines the correct types of EV charging connectors needed for their vehicles, and not all of them are the same. Some brands have specialized DC Public Charging stations that can’t be used with other manufacturers. You might see some automakers offering free public charging for a year or two as an incentive to purchase a new EV. Other automakers might pay for your home charging box kit, but they won’t cover the electrician’s labor costs. But your investment does pay off with lower fuel costs.

You’ll need to determine what type of EV charging connector you plan to utilize the most for your drives. Will you need public charging stations for long trips away from home? Are you going to commute to and from your Mount Laurel home? Understand that DC Fast Charging will likely be more expensive than home charging, but it’s still cheaper than gasoline for your journeys wherever you drive.

Test Drive an EV at Holman INFINITI!

Our EV charging connector guide gives you plenty of tips for helping you determine if an EV is right for you. Feel free to contact us or call (856) 394-5498 to schedule a test drive with our team.

INFINITI will have some EVs coming out soon. Meanwhile, we have pre-owned vehicles on our lot with electrified powertrains. Look over our new vehicle specials to see if you could save money on your purchase.

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