Level 1 Charging (Slow): What does it mean?

On-site circuit/outlet delivers 110-120V of alternating current. Typically, a “cord set” is used to connect to a 120V wall outlet at 15, 20 or 30 amps, which usually comes with the EV. The low power flow leads to long recharge times.

Level 1 Charging (Slow): The long answer

Level 1 charging, also known as slow charging, refers to the process of charging an electric vehicle using a standard domestic power socket in the UK. This type of charging typically occurs at a rate of around 3 kW, which is significantly slower compared to other charging options available.

For UK drivers, level 1 charging may be useful when you have access to a regular power socket, such as at home or at certain public locations. It is the most basic and widely available charging method for electric vehicles. However, it is important to note that level 1 charging is generally slower and may take several hours to fully charge an electric vehicle, depending on its battery capacity.

While level 1 charging is convenient and accessible, it may not be suitable for all situations. If you require faster charging, especially when you're on the go or have limited charging time, it is recommended to use higher-level charging options such as level 2 or level 3 (also known as fast or rapid charging). These options utilise dedicated charging stations with higher power outputs, allowing for quicker charging times.

Overall, level 1 charging is a basic and widely available charging method in the UK, allowing drivers to charge their electric vehicles using a standard domestic power socket. However, it is important to consider the charging time and your specific needs when deciding which charging option to use.