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What is EVSE?

EVSE stands for electric vehicle supply equipment and its function is to supply electric energy to recharge electric vehicles. EVSEs are also known as EV charging stations, electric recharging points or just charging points. EVSEs can provide a charge for the operation of electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid electric-gasoline vehicles.

Electric Vehicles that Require EVSE

  • Nissan LEAF
  • Toyota Prius
  • Scion iQ EV and RAV-4 EV
  • Mitsubishi i-MiEV
  • Chevy Volt / Opel Ampera
  • Chevy Spark EV
  • Honda Fit and Accord Plug-in Hybrid
  • Ford Focus EV
  • Ford C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi
  • Tesla Roadster and Model S
  • BMW i3 MCV and Active E
  • Myers NmG
  • Think City
  • Wheego LiFe
  • Zap Alias and A380
  • Fiat 500e
  • Smart ED
  • Fisker Karma

Common Options and Features

Residential Electric Vehicle Service Equipment offers electric car owners the utmost in reliability, convenience and service for your car charging needs. EV charging equipment is designed, engineered and installed to keep you, your electric car and your home safe during the recharging process. Safety and convenience features for PEV (plug-in electric vehicle) owners include:

Simple and convenient operation: Just plug the connector into the charger--the EVSE charger takes care of the rest. No user interaction required!

  • Auto restart in event of power outage.
  • Breakaway safety cable.
  • Integrated cable storage.
  • Auto short circuit and ground fault shut-off.
  • Ground fault monitor: Eliminates the need for monthly user testing.
  • Power sharing: Senses other large electrical loads in use in your home (water heater, for example) and pauses EV charging until the load is off.
  • Power and Charging indicator lights.
  • Regulated electrical current: Ensures that the optimal current is provided and falls within the maximum current the car can handle. This eliminates the need for the customer, homeowner or user to manually adjust their car’s charger.
  • Safety lock-out feature: Prevents current from flowing when the charger isn’t connected to a car.
  • Safety outlet: Vehicle connection cable must be properly and completely inserted before power will begin flowing.
  • Automatic disconnect: When a hardware fault is detected, power is shut off, to avoid risks like battery damage, an electrical short or a fire.
  • Complies with UL safety standards for EVSE. (UL 2594)
  • Conforms to The Society of Automotive Engineers physical, electrical and performance requirements for EV charge systems and couplers. (SAE J1772 )
  • Enclosure meets NEMA 4, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association standards for user safety and protection against environmental hazards, indoor and outdoor.

Typical Electrical Requirements

There are two levels of home chargers available:

Level One Charger

  • Requires only a standard electrical outlet, suitable for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Reduces installation costs by using existing wiring, while fully charging the vehicle overnight.
  • Charges your Electric Vehicle in 12 to 24 hours*
  • Delivers 120 volts, 8 to 15 amps

Level Two Charger

  • Requires installation of dedicated, stand-alone electric vehicle charging unit, ideal for quicker Electric Vehicle charging.
  • Provides faster charging service
  • Charges an EV in 3 to 8 hours*
  • Delivers 240 volts, 20 to 40 amps

Find out about professional installation services for your residential EV charging system from Mr. Electric®.