Level 1- Connects to a standard 120 volt outlet. This is the typical outlet you find in most homes and businesses.
Level 2- Connects to a typical household service at 240 volts, similar to an electric dryer or cooking range and oven. A plug-in vehicle recharging at Level 2 will recharge faster than one plugged into Level 1, but may require some upgrading or added wiring in your home. Auto dealers will be working with their customers to help consider which charging level is best for you.
Time to RechargeThe amount of time required to recharge your car can vary significantly and depend on the model vehicle, the size battery and the amount of energy needed at the time the car is plugged in. A typical full recharge for a Volt or a Leaf may take eight hours or more if plugged in to a 120 volt Level 1 supply and four to six hours if plugged into a 240 volt, Level 2 supply.
Cost to RechargeSay the average residential rate for electricity is 14 cents per kilowatt-hour. The cost to provide eight hours of charging at Level 1 is about $1.68. The cost for six hours of Level 2 charging will be about $2.78. Either way, it’s a good deal compared to the cost of a gallon of gasoline at $3 or more! BGE offers an EV rate to support the efficient charging of plug-in vehicles at home. These will provide a price incentive if you charge in the non-peak times when costs are lower.
BGE residential customers have different Rate Options for charging their Electric Vehicle. Since it may increase the energy usage on your monthly bill, consider a Time of Use (TOU) electric rate.
Currently, there are three rate options for Standard Offer Service residential service: