An EV charging station is a charging device that supplies electricity to rechargeable electric vehicles, including electric cars, motorcycles, and bicycles. There are different types of EV charging stations or charging points, ranging from the basic Level 1 charging station that uses a standard household outlet, to the faster Level 2 charging station, which requires a specially installed charging unit. There are also Level 3 charging stations, also known as DC fast chargers, which can provide a full charge in as little as 30 minutes but may require special adapters and are usually only found at public charging stations.

When you plug your EV into a charging station, it communicates with your vehicle's charging system to determine how much power is needed to fully charge the battery. The charging station provides electricity to the vehicle’s battery and monitors the battery voltage and charging status until it is fully charged. Some charging stations may also have additional features such as smartphone connectivity or the ability to schedule charging times.

As consumers become familiar with EV charging requirements and as battery technologies extend vehicle range, this consideration will change somewhat.