The majority of EV charging happens at home, but for those days when you’re on the road and need a fast charge there are DC Fast Chargers, commonly called Level 3 chargers. Level 3 charging stations are like gas station replacements for electric cars that typically charge a battery from empty to 80% in 30–45 minutes or less.
Most Level 3 charging stations, including Ivy, are pay-per-use and bill by the minute and can charge 100 km of range in approximately 20 minutes or less.
DC Fast chargers have 3 different plug standards.
- SAE-Combo (also called Combined Charging System or CCS) is used by most North American and European manufacturers.
- Many Asian manufacturers use the CHAdeMO standard. Ivy includes both of these standards on each charger.
- Tesla uses a proprietary standard that only Tesla vehicles can use. While Ivy stations do not use this standard, most Tesla vehicles can use Ivy chargers via an optional adapter sold by Tesla.