The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says that fast charging accounted for 21.5 percent of all public electric vehicle charging ports in the first quarter of 2023. These new ports, capable of delivering 50 kW or more in current, allow electric vehicles to charge very quickly and are crucial to longer-distance EV travel.
Most available public charging ports are Level 2, which charges at a much slower rate than a DC fast charger, but which require far less infrastructure to install and maintain. Level 1 chargers are using standard household outlets at 120 volts or less and are meant mainly for long-term or interim charging needs.
The above chart shows percentile of growth in each type of charger from 2019 to Q1 2023.
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