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Question:What’s An EVSE??


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What’s An EVSE?

An EVSE is what a lot of people are talking about when they talk about a “home charger” or “wall charger” or “home charging station.” 

Actually, though, an EVSE is any device which brings AC power to your car, where it is then turned into DC power and fills your car’s battery — 

via the car’s onboard charger. In other words, it’s various types of cords or cords + boxes that can be used to charge your car. 

There are numerous EVSEs on the market, and I’ll discuss several of the options in a future article.

Important to note, though, is that not all electric cars are created equal, and not all electric car onboard chargers are created equal 

(no matter what EVSE you buy). Below is a table of the various electric (including plug-in hybrid electric) cars on the market, 

the maximum charging capacity of their onboard chargers, and approximately how many “miles of charge” or “miles of driving range” 

can be added to these cars in one hour while charging on an EVSE

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Model Max Charge ~Miles Added Per Hour 100% Electric or PHEV
Audi A3 e-tron 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
BMW i3 7.4 kW 25 100% Electric / REx
Cadillac ELR 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Chevy Spark EV 3.3 kW 11 100% Electric
Chevy Volt 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Fiat 500e 6.6 kW 22 100% Electric
Ford C-Max Energi 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Ford Fusion Energi 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Ford Focus Electric 6.6 kW 22 100% Electric
Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid 6.6 kW 22 PHEV
Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Kia Soul EV 6.6 kW 22 100% Electric
Mercedes B-Class Electric 10 kW 29 100% Electric
Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Mercedes C350 Plug-in Hybrid 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 3.3 kW 11 100% Electric
Nissan LEAF 3.3 kW / 6.6 kW 11 / 22 100% Electric
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 3.6 kW / 7.2 kW 12 / 24 PHEV
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 3 kW 10 PHEV
Smart Electric Drive 3.3 kW 11 100% Electric
Tesla Model S 10 kW / 20 kW 29 / 58 100% Electric
Tesla Model X 10 kW / 20 kW 29 / 58 100% Electric
Toyota Prius Plug-In 3.3 kW 11 PHEV
Volkswagen e-Golf 3.6 kW / 7.2 kW 12 / 24 100% Electric