Electric cars are powered by electricity. In theory, they could be connected to a power outlet in your home. This sounds a bit too easy to be true and, in fact, it is: Household outlets do not provide enough power to charge an electric vehicle and would result in charging times of 8 to 14 hours. Public charging stations are much faster: most use a 22 kW AC system, fully charging your vehicle in 2 to 4 hours. Fast-charging stations are even quicker, fully charging your vehicle in 30 to 45 minutes with 50 kW of power.
In essence, charging is similar to refueling a conventional car: You drive to the charging station, plug in your vehicle, pay and you’re on yourway. Charging requires a special charging cable, which is standard for most electric cars. It is also recommended that you purchase a universal adaptor to ensure optimal compatibility between the cable and station. The payment process is similar to a regular gas station, the payment options are up to the vendor.