A charging station, also called electric vehicle charging station, electric recharging point, charging point, charge point, electronic charging station (ECS), and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), is a machine that supplies electric energy to charge plug-in electric vehicles—including cars, neighborhood electric vehicles, trucks, buses and others.
Some electric vehicles have on-board converters that plug into a standard electrical outlet or a higher voltage outlet. Others use custom charging stations.
Charging stations provide connectors that conform to a variety of standards. For common direct current rapid charging, chargers are equipped with multiple adaptors such as Combined Charging System (CCS), CHAdeMO, and AC fast charging.
Public charging stations are typically found street-side or at retail shopping centers, government facilities and parking areas.
Supercharging network. Tesla Supercharger stations allow Tesla vehicles to be fast-charged at the network within roughly an hour or less, and are often located near restaurants with restrooms and other commerce areas.
If you charge at a supercharger, the cost is typically about $0.25 per KW if you purchased a Model S or Model X after January 2017. Supercharging is free for cars purchased before, January 2017. If you charge at home, the local cost of electricity will determine your overall charging cost.
The new supercharger station will include 62 charge ports that are only compatible with Tesla vehicles, making it the second-largest Tesla supercharger site in the world. The California-based carmaker opened its largest supercharger site, with 72 charge ports, in Shanghai, China, late last year.
A Tesla supercharger, or Level 3 charger, is capable of fully recharging a car in 30 to 45 minutes, whereas a Level 2 charger takes between five and eight hours.
While Tesla has a bank of 10 superchargers at the Santa Monica Place Mall, it is insufficient for the number of Tesla drivers in the area. The coastal city with 92,000 residents is home to 950 Teslas, the city says.
Santa Monica owns 150 public Level 2 chargers and plans to install as many as 20 EVGo Level 3 chargers later this year.
Tesla originally reached out to Santa Monica about two years ago with some preliminary drawings for a supercharger site in the city, Combs said. It submitted a formal application for the project in September 2020.