Tesla Charging Basics: What to Know & Why You Care
Each level of charging delivers different charging speeds. Different Tesla configurations have a maximum charge power they can accept. Choosing the right Tesla charger minimizes hassle and installation costs. And maximizes your enjoyment of electric driving. Keep reading to make charging levels as easy as 1, 2, 3.
First, an “EV Charger” Can Refer to Two Different Things
- Internal or “On-Board” Charger
The on-board charger is a component inside the car. The OBC manages internal power flow to safely charge your EV battery.
- External Charger or “EVSE”
The box-and-cord device has a technical name. “Electric vehicle supply equipment,” or EVSE. The EVSE delivers power from the grid (or other source like solar panels) to your EV’s on-board charger in the first place. Still, everyone tends to call the EVSE a “charger.” So will I for the rest of this post.
EVSE = “Charger” In This Post
How Fast Can I Charge?
Depends on the charging level, the maximum power output of the charging station and max power intake of your EV. There are 3 levels of chargers:
- Level 1 (120 volt) charging
- Level 2 (240 volt) charging
- Level 3 (480 volt) Supercharging or DC fast charging