Charging options
Nissan LEAF charging at EWEB's public charging stations

Your decision about how to charge your new electric vehicle will be based on several factors including:

  • Type of electric vehicle
  • Distance you travel
  • Physical parameters at your residence (electrical panel capacity, parking arrangements, etc.)
  • Convenience
Charging levels

Most owners of plug-in electric vehicles will charge their cars at home using a Level 1 or Level 2 charger, which can be installed on 120- or 240-volt circuits.

Level 1
  • It uses a standard, three-prong 120-volt outlet that typically won't require customers to make modifications to their electrical panel or home wiring.
  • A dedicated circuit is recommended.
  • Based on the battery type, Level 1 charging can take 8 to 20 hours for a full charge.
Level 2
  • It uses a 240-volt rated charging unit and will likely require customers to make changes to their electrical panel and add a new circuit, if one is not available.
  • Based on the battery type and circuit capacity, Level 2 charging can take 3 to 8 hours to reach a full charge.
DC fast charging
  • Some vehicles will be able to fully charge in less than 30 minutes, depending on the battery type.
  • Many DC fast charging stations are now available along the West Cost Electric Highway, an extensive tri-state network of EV DC fast charging stations along Interstate 5. Currently, the closest local DC fast charging station is at Gateway Mall in Springfield.

It is important to note that charging time not only depends on the level of the charging system, but also on the size of the battery and your driving behavior. While Level 2 is faster, you may determine that Level 1 is sufficient for your home charging needs.

Home charging station equipment and installation

Home charging equipment may be available as part of the electric vehicle purchase, or can be purchased separately from charging equipment manufacturers.

A licensed and bonded electrician can help you determine if your residence is EV ready. For safety and statutory reasons, EWEB recommends that you always use a licensed and bonded electrician to make any necessary upgrades to your electrical system or to install a Level 2 car-charging station.

Installation costs

Plug-in vehicle charging equipment installation costs can vary greatly depending on the configuration of the home and electrical circuitry, local code requirements and the type of equipment installed. A licensed electrical contractor can provide a cost estimate.

Permits and inspections for electrical work

An electrical permit will be required for installation of a Level 2 home charging station. Eugene residents should contact the City of Eugene permit office for specific requirements regarding permitting and inspections prior to installation. If you elect to install the charging system on your own, it is still the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the appropriate permits have been obtained. Public charging stations in Oregon

Blink Level 2 commercial charging station Nearly 15,000 Blink Level 2 commercial charging stations will be deployed throughout the U.S. as part of the EV Project.

Electric vehicle owners can also charge their vehicles at public charging stations. Both private corporations and public agencies have been installing public charging stations around the state, and throughout the country. An EWEB Greenpower grant helped fund 36 solar-powered electric vehicle charging sites for student and community use at Lane Community College.

To further advance public charging infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Energy helped fund the EV Project, the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging stations in history. The $230 million project includes nearly 15,000 charging stations in 16 cities located in six states (Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas).

The Eugene to Portland I-5 corridor is a key benefactor of the grant, with charging infrastructure planned for Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene.