Ask an electrician: Do electric vehicles come with a EV battery charger?


Q: Do EVs come with a charging station when you buy them or is it something EV buyers have to purchase in addition?

A: The answer to this question is both “Yes” and “No.”

If you buy an EV, it will most likely come with a plug-in 12 hour trickle charger, but many people opt to purchase and install a second, more convenient, four hour charger. I’m sure that you can see the appeal of charging in four hours, as opposed to 12. The original charger will still get the job done, which is why the answer to this question is “Yes;” however, if an EV is your main vehicle, a quicker charge is always a good idea.

Even if you do choose to grab an extra charger, you might want to carry the trickle charger in your car for an emergency charge. It never hurts to be prepared!