Determining how you will charge your vehicle is very important. You can charge an electric vehicle at any household outlet, but the type of circuit can affect the charging time. In most cases, a standard 120-volt outlet will charge a PHEV or EREV, but may not be adequate to fully charge a BEV overnight. A 240-volt circuit, similar to what you would use for an electric clothes dryer, is recommended to fully charge a battery electric vehicle like the Nissan LEAF™ overnight.
There are two options available to customers whose homes can accommodate electric-vehicle charging.
Level One charging requires only a standard 120-volt outlet typically rated at 20 amps. The amount of electricity required to charge your vehicle is roughly equivalent to a 1,500-watt hair dryer. It can take up to 8 hours to charge a PHEV or EREV and up to 24 hours to reach a full charge for a BEV. A dedicated circuit for Level One charging is recommended.
Level Two charging requires the purchase and installation of a 240-volt rated charging unit and the use of a dedicated circuit similar to that used for a clothes dryer. Upgrades to your electric panel may also be necessary. At Level Two, charging times are reduced to 4 to 8 hours.
Alternate charging options
Level Three or DC Fast Charging benefits customers who live in apartments or homes that do not accommodate EV charging. This level of charging will require a permanently wired 480-volt, 3-phase supply station used exclusively for electric vehicle charging. With charging times estimated at 30 minutes for an 80 percent charge, this may become an attractive solution for some public and fleet charging needs.
Permits for electrical work
Permits may be required prior to completing any electrical work. Check with your local permitting agency for requirements specific to your home or business. Remember to always hire a licensed electrical contractor. Be sure to check out our five-step process to charging equipment installation and permitting.
Before You Buy
A Five-Step Process for charging equipment installation and permitting. Tampa Electric recommends following these five easy steps to help you navigate the installation and permitting process for 240-volt Level 2 home charging equipment. If you're not familiar with the various charging levels, visit our Plug-In & and Save page to learn more.
Step 1: Identify
Ask your automobile dealer or manufacturer to identify one or more licensed electricians to install charging equipment at your home. You may also contact your own licensed electrician.
Step 2: Assess
Schedule the licensed electrician to perform a home assessment and inspect your electric service. This will help determine the installation location, the amount of work and time required to install and whether your existing electric service can support charging equipment. Most installations will not require a utility upgrade. If a utility upgrade is necessary, your electrician will coordinate with Tampa Electric.
Step 3: Permit
You or your licensed electrician must obtain a permit through the appropriate city or county agency. The process to apply for and receive a permit will vary by jurisdiction. Tampa Electric recommends that you contact your designated permitting office to obtain any specific requirements.
Step 4: Install
Once a permit is secured, the licensed electrician can complete the installation.
Step 5: Inspection
After installation is complete, you or the licensed electrician must contact the permitting office to schedule a final inspection. Charging equipment is typically approved for use as soon as it passes inspection.