Electric Vehicle Charging Station FAQ
Buying an EV raises an important question: where’s an electric vehicle charging station when you need one? Kearny Mesa Hyundai has the answer to that, and a few other common EV charging questions.
What do the different charger levels mean?
There are three charger levels, denoted by the type and amount of current they deliver:
- Level 1 chargers use 120-volt alternating current that you can draw from any common outlet. as most of the outlets in your home or apartment; it charges at a rate of about four miles per hour.*
- Level 2 chargers use the same 240-volt alternating current as an electric dryer or stove.
- Level 3 chargers use direct current; these “DC Fast Chargers” deliver 50 to 100 kilowatts per hour (kWh), letting you “top off” your Hyundai IONIQ 5 quickly.
Can I install a fast charger at home?
You can’t install a Level 3 charger at home, but a number of Hyundai Home products in the pipeline — solar panels, storage batteries, and Level 2 chargers — stand to make your home as energy-efficient as your new Hyundai EV. Ask your Hyundai dealer for details.
How do I find the nearest fast charger?
It’s easy in Hyundai vehicles equipped with navigation. On the infotainment display, locate the EV button. This will display a map that, when you touch it, will expand to display nearby charging stations. Selecting a location will send directions to you.
Does Hyundai offer free charging?
Through December 31, 2023, qualifying vehicle purchases come with 250 kWh of free charging through Electrify America fast charging stations. Alongside America’s best warranty and Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance, it’s just one more perk of ownership for these fantastic vehicles.
Are there disadvantages to certain charger types?
Generally speaking, there are tradeoffs between battery life and speed. Lower voltage takes longer to fully charge your vehicle’s battery, but it’s better for battery life. 240 volts turns out to be the happy medium in this respect.
Level 3 chargers have the advantage of speed, but their repeated use may shorten battery life. Your best bet is to plan your trips ahead of time, charging overnight where possible, and reserving the fast charger for times when a slower charge isn’t your best option.
Whether it’s getting more from your vehicle, Hyundai EV maintenance, or nearly anything else EV-related, we encourage you to call or visit Kearny Mes Hyundai.