EV Charging Is Easier Than You May Think

Electric vehicles (EVs) are gaining popularity as a cleaner and more sustainable option to internal combustion engine cars. One of the key advantages of EVs is how easy they are to fuel up. 

Experts estimate that around 80% to 90% of EV charging happens at home. One way to charge your EV at home is to use a standard 120-volt household electrical outlet and the charging cable that comes with the car. That’s right—the same outlet that you use for your smartphone can charge your EV. A standard outlet will charge your EV at about five miles an hour, or around 50 miles overnight, which is typically enough for the average commuter or city driver. 

A closeup of a white, electric Ford Focus plugged in and charging in the garage.
For faster home charging, consider MGE’s Charge@Home program, which provides customers with a Level 2 charger. Participating customers pay a monthly fee of about $20 with no upfront costs for standard installation plus the cost of electricity. MGE coordinates the installation and maintains the charger. Level 2 chargers operate at 240 volts—the same as a clothes dryer. They can add up to 30 miles of charge per hour.

The fastest type of charging, Level 3 or DC Fast Charging, can replenish a substantial portion of your battery in a matter of minutes, making long road trips more efficient. A network of highway fast chargers is continuing to expand, providing more convenient charging options for long-distance driving. When you need to charge up quickly in the Madison area, you can charge with renewable energy at any of MGE’s more than 50 public charging stations. MGE’s public charging network includes its EV Fast-Charging Hub in the Capitol East District in downtown Madison.   

EV drivers enjoy the simplicity of plugging in their vehicles at home or using conveniently located public charging stations, all while contributing to a greener, more sustainable future. With the variety of EV options and the accessibility of charging continuing to grow, the transition to electric transportation has never been easier.

published: Oct-31-2023